Monday, January 29, 2018

Tow trucks and other simple pleasures

We lucked out this weekend: the loaner car given to us by the repair shop while our car was being fixed got a flat tire. It happened while Dave and Max were out, not far from the house, so they were able to make it back OK.

Flats are typically not considered fun. But they are when you're Max and a tow truck comes to your house to get the car—and you. Yep, he got to watch the car being loaded onto the flatbed. Then Max and Dave got a ride back to the shop, where our car was ready to go. 

It was exciting for Dave and me, too: Keeping Max entertained is our full-time weekend job. "Where are we going next Saturday?" he starts asking on Mondays. "And Sunday?"  

This is a good thing. A a kid, Max was hesitant to go anywhere; now, he wants to go everywhere. He likes going to science museums, shows and malls, along with street fairs when the weather is warm. Yet he is also quite content to roam around our town, the supermarket and Target. Stopping by the fire station is his idea of a great time. A train ride just for fun: Bring it.

Lately, Max is super-interested in going out for burgers. He went to Smashburger with his class this week, and then he insisted we eat there over the weekend. He is the only person I know who takes joy trips to Home Depot; he's been picking out appliances for his dream home in Jamaica.

I'd say it is a gift to be able to appreciate the simple pleasures in life. How many teens are too jaded to do so? How many of us are too busy to enjoy an outing without a purpose? (Furnishing a fantasy home aside.) How many teens and adults alike are too preoccupied with their iPhones to appreciate what's going on around them?

Not Max. He is out there having the time of his life eating samples at Costco. And his joy is infectious. When he went up to the counter and ordered his burger and avocado on Saturday, he was downright gleeful. "Wow, he is really happy to be here!" the cashier noted, and Max was

Max has long been fascinated by tow trucks. When he was little, he used to tell us that he'd like for a tow truck to come and take Daddy's car away, which more or less happened this weekend. One more thing scratched off his bucket list.


  1. Ah, these samplers are good, Max!πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ₯—πŸšπŸ€πŸ΅πŸΆπŸΏπŸŒ―🍣

    And the boxes from Costco - have you tried them yet?πŸ“¦πŸ“¦πŸ“¦πŸ“¦πŸ“¦

    Thank you for sharing your recent burger passions with us. October last I was able to order a burger online. I have seen burgers made in person too. πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”πŸ”

    And the tow truck off your bucket list - that is *sublime*! 🚚🚚🚚🚚🚚

    Avocados are so cool - in Australia at the moment there is a lack of supply because the season is done.πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘πŸ₯‘

  2. I like tow trucks, and diggers. Watching the digger next door, especially when it ws crunching the house was fascinating. I even kind of like watching our drawbridges open, even though I know they will delay us. And, I enjoy every single sunrise and sunset I've ever seen (lots, 'cause I actually get up to watch them from our east facing windows).

    It's clearly a major delight to be able to appreciate everyday pleasures.

  3. I really appreciate your posts. Thank you.


Thanks for sharing!

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