You know what? Something surprising happened, our internet service and our television service all got blown out by an electrical storm on Saturday. On Tuesday, yes three days later, Kelly (names changed to protect the innocent, or are they?), friendly capable Kelly, you know, from the local phone company, got everything back in working order. Apparently, it broke a card of some sort - maybe a “NIC card” - and he had to add a Netgear thingee to make the computer work without the missing cardy thingee (is it like a playing card, what?), get this, over the airwaves.
It's pretty cool. But, there is more to the story, in this case, the story before the story. The one where we were out, the boys and I, walking our rental dog - the dog we take care of for some friends when they are out of town - Snickers (names changed to protect the innocent, or are they?), when we got to talking about life and nature and I asked them what they thought were some of the most important things we need for life. Honestly, I was sorta thinking sciencey stuff, I had a clever speech prepared involving Ancient Greeks and the periodical table but, the very first thing out of Nick's mouth was God. Zack followed immediately with Love. Food and Water followed in the same order.
Nick has a matter-of-fact way of saying things - it's a little patronizing, but, I'm just gonna let his friends tell him that later - so he said, matter-of-factly: "That's about everything."
And then they continued their conversation about wizards, mosquitoes and, as I recall, squid, and walked on down the road.
I chuckled a little at myself and thought about my wasted, petty speech, realizing, how succinctly and poignantly they had summed up the whole metaphysical conversation. Boys, I thought to myself.
They continued down to the stop sign, where we turn around, the dog pooped, I cleaned it up and, a few steps later Nick said: "Dad we should make a little book about those four important things we need to live."
Yes, Nick, yes we should.
And, we did.
I folded the papers for them, explaining the 'folio' process and how a book is actually made. They both chose the words they spurted out on the walk, and, they decided we should make the title page on the computer.
And we finished it and we held it in our hands and Mom read it and now, now...
Now you have it, on a computer screen, wherever and whenever you are.
And, I don't know how that happened or how it is even possible.
I needed to share this with you.
From Marci's "... things you don't expect to hear from the backseat ..."
"I am good and full of secrets."
So am I little buddy, so am I ...