Jaybird is out of the country and we are all trying to be good friends by covering his weekly responsibilities. I chose the Weekend post because it’s my favorite that he does and imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery. In preparation I read through a dozen or so of his past posts, trying to figure out why I like them so much. I think the feeling I came away with can best be described as coziness. Allow me to explain…
In the years that I have known Jaybird he has always struck me as someone who is a creature of habit, in all the best ways. I know that he and Maribou both love their books and games and television and movies (all things I also love). I know that they run errands on the weekends, just like my wife and I do. I know they do their gaming on Saturday nights and visit friends and family for special occasions, just like me. I know that sometimes they have long work weeks and the weekend is their chance to recharge the batteries. We can all relate to that.
What I keep taking away from Jaybird’s posts is that settling into a life of semi-predictability in your 40s, enjoying your spouse and your friends, your hobbies and the odd diversions, is a common thing. You’re also probably working harder than you ever have and (hopefully) being a badass at your job so your boss wants you to do important things for him. You get sent on work trips, or get asked to train the new crop of interns, or to head the Big Project. If you’re the religious sort (no religion, no politics!) maybe you realize you now find comfort in all that repetitiveness of the Sunday service that you hated when you were a kid. You appreciate routine and take comfort in the Known. Jaybird’s posts are a reminder every Friday that I’m not the only one craving those things and hearing what he has planned is like chicken & dumplings and a favorite pair of sweats on a cold January evening.
So…what’s my weekend looking like? Well my lovely wife asked for a power washer for Mother’s Day and when your wife wants a power tool, you go to the store. Sears had a good deal on a decent model, so it was purchased and put together and is now ready to do some work. So this weekend we are going to wash everything. The green mold that grows on the siding on the north side of the house. The patio. The driveway. Maybe the cars. It’s going to be crazy home owner fun…
It’s also hot as heck here in Kentucky right now. I keep wondering why my Western European ancestors chose to move to the Ohio Valley before air conditioning, and I can only conclude they must have arrived in November and then were too lazy to move the following July. So when I’m not gardening I am looking for excuses to stay inside. I have a big stack of articles to read, some indoor repairs to do and some cool stuff on the DVR. All told, I’m looking forward to a weekend where I can accomplish a little, relax a lot, and enjoy the family.
As Jaybird always says…what’s on your docket?