Thursday, August 16, 2007

Making Maggots

Okay, I know that title is just plain nasty, but so is my mood these days. You'll figure out why I named this post that when you get to the end.

Summer is officially over. At least for my wife. She is a teacher and today marked her return to work for in-service days. The boys do not have to go back until Monday the 27th.

The back is slowly getting better, but this week of vacation still has turned out to be a huge disappointment. No fun trips to the New Mexico. No standing in a cold clear running mountain stream waiting for trout to take my offering, no hiking through the pine scented forest, no watching a herd of elk move gracefully up a mountain, and no stops at the Albuquerque Zoo.

It bothers me that I promised the boys we would go to zoo and I was not able to deliver. Guess I'll have to make a quick weekend trip to make it up to them.

Also I accomplished very little in the way of writing. If only I could find a way to invert my laptop and have it hover directly over me while I follow doctors orders and lay flat on my back. The one bright spot is the amount of reading I've done. Heartwood by James Lee Burke, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, and You Never Believe Me by Davis Grubb.

This morning I got up because could hear my six year old in the kitchen. My wife had already gone. He was intently staring at something in the window sill so I asked him what he was doing.

"Watching these flies wrestle," he replied.
I stepped closer and looked.
"See," he said that one is on top of the other one.
I nodded and reached for the fly swatter.
My son said, "Don't kill them. I want to see who wins."

8 comments:

deborah elliott-upton said...

That's one smart kid, Dad. Fly wrestling? Who woulda thought? Don't you love it when someone sees something you're missing?

Phats said...

That's hilarious fly wrestling!

I am a teacher as well and I went back to work this past monday, and wednesday was our first day with students. Summer is indeed officially over!

Merry Jelinek said...

Ah yes, summer is almost over. Mine go back on the 27th, too, and I'm looking forward to the undisturbed writing time - selfish mommy.

jjdebenedictis said...

Here's what you need, provided they make a laptop version.

Levo Book Holder

Christen said...

fly wrestling. Ha! Classic.

Terrie Farley Moran said...

I think it might be much easier to write a best seller if we saw everything through a child's eyes.

Feel better soon. Terrie

B.E. Sanderson said...

ROFL! Too funny. Gotta love kids and their insights.

Hey, have you thought about getting a digital voice recorder? You'd have to transcribe everything once you got well, but you could at least dictate your writing rather than dying over not being to write. I'd be sunk if I couldn't write.

Feel better soon.

The Duck said...

Everyone wins when it comes to fly wrestling.