Friday, August 7, 2009
What do you get each other after 32 years together? (33 if you want to include the year we “sinfully shacked up” before officially tying the noose) Over the years the allure of jewelery has lost it’s sparkle and we’ve never been the “say it with flowers” type of people…much too wasteful, we’d rather invest in shrub roses that will last a life time …and as for an overnight “date night”…we’re empty nesters with a very fine nest at home, so with no kids and no neighbors there's no urge to get away. A fancy meal at an upscale restaurant…my mind won’t let go of “we could buy a week’s worth of groceries with what we’re paying for this one meal, which by the way, isn’t enough to fill an ant’s gut.” That comes from being raised in a family of ten where frugality was a necessity not a life style choice.
After several weeks of wondering what to do (that’s me… not hubby, who was blissfully unaware of the approaching anniversary until I gave him the heads up a few days prior to the date, by suggesting that he may want to stop and pick up a card) the answer came to us quite by accident.
Now, I love to swim, hubby…not so much, which means I seldom get to go to the lake since I don’t like going alone. But out of the blue hubby gets it into his head that this weekend we would go swimming, and he would take over an old inflatable dingy that had belonged to our girls when they were little so he could boat while I swam. I had forgotten we still had the thing. It’s been stored in the attic for at least 20 years. Needless to say, after digging it out and inflating it, it was much smaller than we had remembered and due to it’s age, untrustworthy.
But all was not for naught! It got our little minds in gear to the point that we went out and bought ourselves two new kayaks, paddles and life jackets…nothing too extravagant…just basic 8 foot beginner kayaks…200 pound capacity, but all that we would ever need, yet small enough to handle, and store ...something we can both enjoy and something long lasting.
We had kayaked for the first time on a beautiful river in Morrell, PEI two summers ago along with our two daughters and our son-in-law and his family, and had such a great time we knew it would be a hobby we would like to take up.