Heidi June 11th, 2008
Now, the first time they ever did that to me, I immediately said, “No, no, no–you don’t need to help with anything. You just relax and have a good time!”
But it wasn’t 10 minutes later that I found my Dad sweeping out the garage and my Mom washing the back sliding door.
It was then I realized if I didn’t tell them what I wanted them to do, they would find things to do on their own.
So, now I prepare a list ahead of time and after hugging my Dad hello, he holds out his hand and asks, “Do you have a list? What can we help you with?”
So this time around, my Mom and sister helped with housework and cooking and happily took over the Bubbers King while I supervised my list.
And (contrary to the expression on his face) the Bubbers King had a fabulous time.
And I watched my Dad fix an inexplicable hole in the cabinetry under my kitchen sink with his master carpentry skills.
And after that, he tackled the garden.
Charming and I told him our plan: plow the neglected plot to smithereens before planting.
“Sounds great,” my Dad agreed, “Let me help!”
“Well,” we said, “we’re not ready, yet. You see, we don’t want to spend the money to buy or rent a rototiller, so we’re trying to borrow one. But we haven’t been able to, yet….. So now we’re thinking we’ll have to spend the money anyways.”
And then my Dad asked, “Do you have a couple shovels?”
“Yes,” Charming answered.
“Then we’ll turn it over by hand and save you the money!” my Dad declared and stood up to get started.
“Holy smokes!” I gaped, “I didn’t even know you could do that!”
And off they went to dig up the whole garden plot and have some nice male bonding time.
And wouldn’t you know, my Dad found a whole mess of potato plants that were already growing and we had no idea they were even there!
So he pointed them out to us and they carefully dug around them.
After that, my Dad (a dear tree lover) took us on a little tour and taught us even more things we didn’t know about our backyard…..
….. Like the fact that we have a peach tree, apple tree, pear tree and three cherry trees currently growing fruit!
He then advised us to do some serious pruning on almost all our non-fruit trees and completely take out a few struggling trees.
“It’s not the right time of year for pruning,” he explained to us, “But I happen to have my chainsaw back in the car, so I could do it for you now and the trees will probably be okay.”
Charming and I were thrilled to have his help and told him to go for it.
So he whipped out his chainsaw.
And made short work of some monstrous, unsightly branches.
Then he moved right on and completely took down three struggling trees (and it looked so much better!).
Then I saw them attacking the stumps and thought, “Aw deeb, I should probably be helping them…..”
So I set the camera down and put my sorry carcass to work helping to cut up the trees and put them in a big pile.
And then my Mom found out what we were doing, asked to borrow a pair of gloves and jumped in to help, too.
So a project that would have taken Charming and I hours and hours to do alone, was finished before we knew it!
What blessing it was to have so much help–thank you, Mom, Dad and Leesy!!