I have two daughters; both married with children. One lives not far from where I live in Melbourne, Australia. One lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Earlier this year, I planned a trip to Vancouver to see my family members that live there and to spend some quality time with my two Grandchildren. My daughter had an opportunity to take a seven day vacation in Florida, so I agreed to look after her children during her vacation.
The experience has been awesome. I’ve made lunches, washed clothes, driven my granddaughter to ballet, my grandson to baseball, and both of them to school and school activities. We kicked the soccer ball in the park, combed tangle hair into a classic ballet bun and cuddled up during Papa’s Story Time.
I wouldn’t change this experience for anything in the world. It’s been an absolute joy; one that I won’t ever forget, and hopefully one that will remain in the memories of my two Canuck grandchildren long after I’ve gone home to be with my Lord.
But, and I know you could see this ‘but’ coming, but, I’ve had to go ‘cold turkey’ when it comes to woodworking. Sure, I’ve visited some of my favorite woodworking haunts in Vancouver, purchased some woodworking stuff that isn’t available in Australia, and of course visited this great site every day. But these things don’t quite fill the void; in fact, in one respect, they make it worse.
I was quite prepared to miss the Thorsen Side Table Challenge, but what I wasn’t prepared for, is the extent to which I miss going down to my shop and just puttering around. It might be the smell of freshly cut wood, or the high pitched sound of my Triton Router, or the ‘shlick, shlick, shlick’ of my razor sharp number five plane that I miss. Whatever it is – I miss it more than I expected.
So, would I forgo this opportunity to spend quality time with my grandchildren? Not in a heartbeat. In fact, there is virtually nothing that would outweigh this once in a lifetime experience.
So cold turkey it is.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/