Tuesday, June 28, 2011

picking up where we left off

It’s a beautiful idea, especially between friends.

I was struck by the reality of this during the weekend while Sarah and I travelled to Regina and were part of Anna and Daniel’s wedding.  The first person I saw as we arrived at St. Mary’s for the wedding rehearsal was Sean.  Here’s a friend who I’ve RAed in my second year, who I RAed a dorm with in my third year, who I shared an office with in my fifth year.  A good friend, a man I’ve had some great conversations with, and some great bouts of laughter too.  And it was so good to return to that.  To find that the relationship is right there, ready to be ‘dusted off’ in a sense, and started afresh again.

Now, obviously, this does not always happen with friends.  I remember a friend of my once saying that you can only really have 10 or so close friends.  Friends who you pour into, and who pour into you.  I’m not sure if that’s true, but I have definitely seen friendships drift apart.  Perhaps your first reaction to this, like me, is to get worried and try to work hard to keep that friendship enriched.  Yet sometimes, I think it’s natural—perhaps even right—that we drift apart.  Life changes, and so do we.

That’s what is so interesting about picking up again.  Even though life can change—sometimes drastically—there are those people, albeit, unfortunately for some, a rare few, who regardless of the gradual, natural drifting can easily become companions again.  dorm 2 boysThere are those kindred spirits who, after that first hug and hello, slip back again into the camaraderie they once knew.  And that is something to never take for granted.

So here’s to those friends who we saw this weekend: may you be blessed, just as you have blessed me.  Our time together is sometimes too short.  So let’s savour every moment, and sop up the last bit of gravy with a good piece of bread.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

garden box

So for a few weeks now we’ve been wanting to build a raised bed for some vegetables and whatnot.  We had been planning on going out to get the wood, but it turns out that we had enough left over from last year when Dad and I built the deck.  It’s not too big: only 7’ x 2’, but it’s enough for us for a start.  We’ve got it set up in the back yard now…and I think I’ll add the pictures soon, but there’s a wild thunderstorm a-brewin’ outside!

Okay, it’s the next day now.  Took some pictures of the box and one of our rough sketch.  Now we just have to get some dirt and get out there!

Dad helped me get the box together and in the ground while Sarah tackled our rogue rhubarb and emerged victorious.  She also set our strawberries going.  In case you didn’t know, my wife is awesome.

So happy early summer, all! (Can we say that now?  No more frost, please. Thank you.)

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

june tune

Sarah found this the other day.  You see this song getting covered from time to time, but this version changes some chords and gives it a really different feel. 

Better than Elton John’s? Leave your take in a comment below!