Friday, June 15, 2007

UPS Says Father's Day was Thursday

My father’s day gift arrived early. It sat on the front porch waiting for me to come home last night. I’m sure that Deb would have preferred that the words “Hammock Stand” weren’t on the outside of one of the boxes. But they were. That must be why Deb thought there was really no point in pretending and, like I said, I got my father’s day gift early.

We went into town to find a carabineer to help hang my new hammock from the tree in the back yard.
But Greg, didn’t you just write that you got a Hammock Stand with your new hammock?
Yes, but it only supports one end. You have to find something to hang the other end on and it turns out neither of the girls is patient or strong enough.

The tree in back is perfect.

By the time we got home the sun was just about ready to disappear. So I worked quickly and after a little trial and error I got the hammock to support my weight, Allie’s weight and after a few minutes Julia’s weight.

As I write about this I’m starting to get drowsy. I’m remembering how the girls lowered their voices a little to accommodate the relaxed look on my face. We rocked a little. We stared at the leaves and listened to the wind move them around. After the girls went inside to bed I stayed outside in the hammock. I tried a few different positions. I turned my body to let my legs dangle over the side and used them to push myself back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth until I knew I was just a second or two away from sleeping.

That’s when I sprung up and tore apart my hammock assembly and went into the house. My almost nap must have provided some benefit because I stayed up half the night. Damn Steve Jobs and his keynotes. This time he’s all about Leopard. It’s coming in October and if I can’t get a copy in my usual, no money involved method then I’ll gladly shell out the $129.

Speaking of Apple, this weekend I’ll find out if the wireless works from the hammock. A hammock post. It’ll take a very long time to write. And it’ll be filled with very short sentences. Short sentences about leaves. Plus I’ve been itchin’ to use the words “dappled sunlight” for some reason. I have other words that have been hanging around for a while. Right now I have detritus on the brain. I don’t know what detritus means but I keep thinking about it. I don’t want to look it up. I just want it to go away. But what I want most is to go back and forth in my hammock.

Back and forth.

Did I say, “Thank you, Debbie”?

Thank you, Debbie.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Strangely enough, detritus is actually latin for "dappled sunlight".

I want a hammock :(