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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Little Helper

Kids pick up on everything we do whether we like it or not.
And my Husby likes to build things.
These two facts will come together later in this story . . .
Sooo . . . building things. Big things.
Husby made our dining room table.
Our games table and assorted other furniture.
Our birdcage.
Then he turned his attention to a cedar-log sunroom.
He does these things because it’s . . . fun.
Moving on . . .
This project required spending the days outside.
And making assorted loud noises.
Our kids grew up with Dad’s building projects and the accompanying rackets.
Our almost-two-year-old granddaughter who was living with us was just beginning to.
She adapted quickly.
Whenever there was a loud noise in the street (ie. Mower, weedwhip, atomic explosion) she ould gasp excitedly and say, “Grampa! Working!”
Then she learned something new.
Did I mention that Husby’s project keeps him outside all day?
Oh, right, I did.
Perhaps I should emphasize the words OUTSIDE ALL DAY.
Because one couldn’t drag him inside, even for meals.
Occasionally, I would poke my head out the back door and ask, “How are you doing, Honey?”
But that was the sum total of our ‘Husby-has-a-project’ communication.
Strawberry pals.
My granddaughter and I were in the front room. Me, reading. She, plotting to overthrow the world.
Suddenly, she jumped down from the table where she was playing with the Playmobil castle and ran to the back door.
There followed the sounds of effort.
Then the squeak of the door.
Then a little voice, “How you doing, Honey?”
Who says they’re not watching.
And learning . . .

 
Inside. Cozy!

Outside. Ignore the family members about to do battle . . .

11 comments:

  1. 'Ignore the family members about to do battle...' *snort*
    How?!?

    Btw, I'd forgotten how short Hazey's hair used to be!

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  2. HA. Yes, imitation is the best form of flattery. And learning.
    And Husby did a great job!

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    1. Those little ears are always on. For better...or worse!

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  3. Aw, so sweet! And you have a very talented husband! That's beautiful.

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  4. How wonderful to have a hubby who makes such gorgeous things.
    This puts me in mind of a neighbour I had once, her husband was a carpenter, but never had time to do things at home. Neighbours would visit for things like tupperware parties and she'd proudly show off the beautiful furniture pieces he'd "made" and I wisely kept my mouth shut about all the store delivery trucks I'd watched over the years carrying those same items into her home.

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    Replies
    1. Bwahahaha! You are a wise, wise woman!

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    2. Aw, that poor woman! You were kind not to say anything, River.

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