Big Love and Little Wonders

14 10 2008

I have much to be thankful for. This weekend, my best friend, aka Second Wife, is visiting from Toronto. The extra pair of maternally inclined hands and eyes around the Blisterdome makes it much easier to do stuff. Fun stuff. Like having a gigantic turkey, apple pie, and mango vodka feast, and playing Rock Band. Or going restauranting. Or piling into our minivan, the inappropriately named Patricia Dishwasher, and going to the Fall Fair. With a 1:1 adult to child ratio, such an adventure is no longer an exercise in death-grip hand squeezing and disciplinary hissing. It’s fun. And fun is something that, in the day-to-day stress of school and schedules, laundry and meals, money-making and money-spending, diapers and dishes, and crisis and meltdowns both global and domestic…well, fun gets put on the back burner with the crusty rice cereal pot and the leftover peas.

But this weekend, our little adventure to the Fall Fair was all fun. We ate cotton candy and homemade fudge and popcorn and sno-cones. We saw dogs doing tricks, pigs running a race, and bunnies just sitting there wiggling their noses and being cute. Roo sat on a tractor and waved at people. Squiggles discovered that animals are more than just pictures on a page or a screen, and that cows really do say Moooo. Neener got head butted by a goat. Three times. Had there been a fourth time, there might have been some trouble because I’m pretty sure drop kicking a goat will get you escorted out of the petting zoo, but I was prepared to take my chances. We went on a Merry-Go-Round. I bought new earrings, and scored some puuuurrrrfect Christmas presents. Nobody cried or hollered or got hurt or got lost or had anything other than a good time. Nothing but fun. Then we headed home for that turkey feast, and the tastiest apple pie I’ve ever made, whole wheat crust and all. This is the wonder of having good family and good friends on hand to celebrate, and I am eternally thankful for that.

So, we keep pitching a mildly polygamist arrangement to Second Wife. I think if I had a husband and a wife, things could really run a lot smoother around here. And this blog would certainly be a little more interesting! Second wife could come and go as she pleases. We’d feed her all the apple pie and turkey and tea and pancakes she could handle. We’d pay her admission to all seasons of fair. Every adventure – and there would be plenty – would be covered. She could have the entire basement to herself, with or without the kiddie tent in the middle of the floor and the heap of stuffies on the bed. Heat, lights, cable, internet and food included. For $300 a month. And we’d pay her even more as soon as we could. She’d be worth it.

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14 10 2008
Lisa

You sound happy. I can hear it in your…uh, blog. I’m glad Wife #2 added some merriment to your Thanksgiving. What fun! Whole wheat crust, eh? Yum.

I’m sorry about the delay with you-know-what. It will happen. Keep reminding me. And keep up the good work. (-;

14 10 2008
Heidi

I will throw in an extra $300/mo just to keep her outta my hair! haha just kidding…kind of..k…$400- final offer!
Glad you had a good time.
PS..next time head butt the Goat back!

– Heidi

14 10 2008
nanny

Thanksgiving was great this year.The only thing missing was you guys,but reading this makes me very happy. We have so much to be thankful for .Good food, good friends , good family and a country where we have to freedom to enjoy them all!

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