Thursday, May 20, 2010
Andy Grabia, a very good man and an even better writer, wrote down a few thoughts about this upcoming summer and a few little things he would like to accomplish before Labour Day rolls around. He asked a few friends if we could jot down our own 'summer bucket lists', as he called them.
Here in Toronto we have had wonderful weather since April Fool's Day, making up for last year's awful summer. I've been in shorts and sandals for a while and we've been visiting the local ice cream shop since Easter Sunday. Its been a roller coaster seven weeks. I was in Dublin for a good friend's wedding and we have had visits from family and friends that have brightened our days. Jenn and I have had some great nights out as we've emerged from the end of winter funk. Our kids are absolutely brilliant.
But hanging over all of this has been the end of days for our loyal old friend. Sirloin steak tonight and an explanation to the kids that Ben is not long for this world. I'm hoping to pull him through the weekend but that itself may be pushing it.
So Andy's challenge is a welcome diversion from the tears. I love fall but I'm a summer man first and foremost. This year already has a number of promising adventures lined up. We will go to the Island as we always do. For our anniversary we are going to see U2, one of my favourite bands and one I have never seen. And I am making a second wedding pilgrimage, this time to Fernie B.C. for my cousin's nuptials.
This summer's rhythms are already off. I am not playing hockey this summer for the first time since 2001 and it will be the first summer since 1997 that Ben will not be with us. Strange days are coming.
But in the spirit of Andy's lovely post here are a few little things that I would like to get done before Labour Day comes. Little things and new things and things I have not done in a while.
Take my son to Seekers' books on Bloor Street, my favourite book store in the world
Wake my kids up to see the midnight stars at the family camp on Ministic
Check out a bluegrass matinee at Grafitti's in the Market
Read (try to read?) Finnegan's Wake.
Work on my novel.
Walk down an old country road in PEI.
Take my kids for a walk in the northern woods.
Watch To Have and Have Not, one of my favourite movies.
Drink gin and tonics on the porch.
Go up to camp with my Dad and help him build something.
Get a brushcut.
Buy a nice pair of shoes.
Go for a walk in the mountains in B.C.
Sit on a patio with my wife and have a few drinks.
Take the training wheels off my daughter's bike and watch her ride away.
Jerk off a little bit more. (OK kidding, that's not possible, not enough time in the day) ;)
Go to the movies by myself, just like old times.
Lunchtime sneaky pints at McVeighs.
Replace my lost Moondance CD. Wear it out.
Do a photographic essay of old churches in PEI.
Take my kids to a lighthouse.
Baileys in my coffee in the morning when we're on vacation.
That's a start.
Posted by Black Dog at 10:30 PM