Saturday, January 24, 2009

The One With the Best Day of His Life

Today I spent the morning working on music, creating some fairly freaky-sounding voice-overs for Roadshow, and then conducting the first Roadshow Practice. But on the way to the practice, I happened to notice that the geese we have been hearing fly over the house for the last two or three days had come in for a landing on the lake.

So when I got home, DK and I took Skippy over to see them. I have to admit, the birds were a little scary for me. There were geese as big as Skippy, ducks, flocks of seagulls, and hundreds of American Coots (DK told me what they were...who knew?) DK, Skippy and I took turns snapping photos. Can you tell which photo is Skippy’s? It is interesting to see his view of the world.

Then we finished with a late lunch at Rubio’s, where they have a giant aquarium with tropical fish. After half a fish taco, Skippy informed us that today was the best day of his life. I thought to myself, wow, Skip, you need to get out more! I seriously considered arguing the point with him. I mean, Skippy has spent time in Hawaii, played at Disneyland, and slept in tents with cousins. He has blown out birthday candles, opened Christmas presents, and gone spider-hunting with the missionaries...He has had some pretty darned good days.

But Skippy lives in the moment. And at that moment, a couple of hours of water birds and fish tacos constituted the best day of his life. And I like that about him.

“I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank PiƱa Coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get that day over and over and over...” ...Phil Connors, Groundhog Day


Tyler said...

Maybe the Skipper is actually thinking long-term... you know in middle school parents become lame and don't know anything. The Skipper (yeah, real sweet nickname) is taking time to be young and spend time doing what he love best listening to D/K talk about facts that most people wonder: 'where do you learn that?' and 'mission lake is HOW deep?'... That is why I run with him.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm... :) I think he has the right idea. :) Skippy is a "simple pleasures" kind of kid. :) Just like the Elder Hobley tie. :) ha ha ha. :)

dk/kh (Kevin) said...

And in case you are wondering, geese on the lake isn't quite as idyllic as it sounds. You really have to watch your step!