So, this conversation has happened at least five times in the past two weeks including yesterday (Sunday). I’ll be building something and then I come into the house to pee or get a drink of water and then The Wife sees me:
- Mindy: Is that blood on your <insert one or more: lip, arm, leg, knee, butt>?
- Me: ** looks at <insert one or more: lip, arm, leg, knee, butt> **
- Me: Oh yeah, I guess I’m bleeding. At least I have a tetanus shot. ** shrugs shoulders **
- Mindy: Ewwwww! Let me get the alcohol and a band-aid.
- Me: I’m going back to work.
Today, I came in the house after finishing up work on our pergola and my lip was spurting blood. I don’t know how it happened and didn’t even feel it. I only knew it was happening because Mindy pointed it out. And, it was still better than the time I almost lost an eye:
Despite all of the puncture wounds and blood loss, life is A-OK. I thrive on the sense of accomplishment I get from building random things around my house and now that the girls are back in school, I’m back to swinging the hammer. I just finished building my fancy pergola. And I still have two functioning eyeballs.
The list of other nonsense I’m planning to build around my home is excessive and ridiculous. It includes:
- an outdoor pizza oven
- a zip-line over the pool
- a loft reading nook for the girls
Happiness is different for all of us. For me, it comes from building stuff. And better if it’s collaborating with friends:
But, life hasn’t been easy lately for many of us. Someone I know lost his job a couple of weeks ago. Another friend may lose his any day. 2020 hasn’t been a happy year for me, but it could be much worse. I don’t have to worry about money and that is huge:
- We’ll always have good food on the dinner table.
- We’ll never have to put $5 in the gas tank because money is tight (been there, done that).
- We’ll never have to worry about losing our home or getting our vehicles repossessed.
It’s easy to take food and shelter for granted.
Right now, the disparity is crazy. The stock market is at all-time highs, but many who had stable jobs just 6 months ago are struggling. It’s hard to make sense of the world sometimes.
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