God sometimes gives us unexpected gifts. Our gift has been a grandson who enlivens our lives and makes retirement very different than the one we anticipated. He is a special joy. And that's "Casey." In 2006 we fulfilled our dream of living in Italy for a year. It was every bit as wonderful as anticipated. This blog begins in 2005 as we prepared for that experience. Since then we have explored many places together. That's the "Travel." And finally, I am a person of opinions--spiritually, politically, on just about anything and that's the "Other Stuff." Welcome to my blog.

Monday, December 08, 2008

The A-Ha of Discovery

Living with a 10 year old, particularly at my age, is full of hidden surprises and unexpected delights. Casey finds such excitement in finding new things to gush over and share; his pleasure is infectious and brings laughter to the heart.

Several years ago, in the Ecuadoran Andes, we stayed at a colorful old small hotel in Quito. Casey was enthralled with the new fangled black telephone--one where he could put his finger into little holes and turn the dial. It was awhile before we discovered that he was dismaying the antiquated switchboard with calls. Of course, he was quite convinced that we needed to modernize and get such a technologically advanced instrument for our home.

Since then there have been several other "aha" moments for him. Today was a new one and it came on a day when a laugh was important and the freshness of a young boy was a gift.

Today the boxes--and there are many, too many--came down from the rafters--40+ years of accumulated Christmas decorations. It used to be that our house would have done well in a Christmas decorating contest. Now we pick and choose a small assortment of the memories for display. The truth being that the thought of putting it all back into boxes come January is great encouragement to be selective.

For years we have collected ornaments: sleds, toys, santas, wagons, drums, angels and scores of other ornaments. Over time these have been augmented by those from our travels here in the US and in foreign lands. Many have names of our children and, of course, Casey. We treasure the memories in all of these and like the "old fashion" look of our red and green trees.

When we were first married, we had the normal glass balls and lots of tinsels and those old clunky tree lights. Sometimes they were all gold and other times we liked the rainbow effect. But then, we moved on.

Today, as we hung the ornaments--searching for branches strong enough for the heavy horns, Casey wondered if we had ever seen "those tree balls." He thinks they are beautiful and wants them for next year. As with the telephone in Ecuador, he was surprised to learn that they weren't new ideas but that in the "olden" days we had actually had them. So, now, the new "old fashion" is us--another A-Ha moment.


Melissa Keith said...

Wait until he sees an "old fashioned" adding machine or typewriter! He'll have you replacing your calculator and computer before you know it.

- thanks for making me laugh today!

oh - it was also nice to read about your Thanksgiving in Grass Valley. My husband and I just moved from Grass Valley after about 30 years there. We are now living in Bellingham, WA and loving it.

Kathy (Trekcapri) said...

Hi Jane, what a great post! Your telephoe story with Casey was so cute. Your tree looks beautiful! BTW, I know what you mean about minimizing tree decorations as whatever goes up must come down. I'm always very selective! :)

Happy Holidays!

Jane said...

Melissa, typewriter-adding machine? that is funny and i am sure you are right that they would fascinate. We would move to the Grass Valley area if we could--Casey would be so happy.

Kathy, so good to have your comment. Yes, I chuckle every time I remember the phone. I think that Melissa is on target for the next moment.

Chiocciola said...

What a cute story! And funny that you talked about Ecuador, looks like I will get to go there sometime between February and March! I am very excited - although it is for work I will have to come to you for advice on other stuff to do!

Gil said...

Smart kid! Glad to hear all is well with you guys. Looks like your brother lives in a pretty cool place.