Take, for instance, my dream of having a pool in the backyard. The pool instructions said that the yard must be ABSOLUTELY flat. My husband frowned, his skepticism a match for my optimistic belief that this pool could work in our obviously sloped backyard. I thought that the instructions were more of a guideline, and was sure we could work around it. Here was our first idea:
|a nice layer of cardboard boxes to prop up one end.|
|patient husband by lovely round pool|
Then we started to put water in the pool, and it was absolutely clear that you absolutely need an absolutely level place to set up this particular pool. We had other ideas of how it could work (my husband still frowning still skeptical): get a pickup truck full of sand, bring it back to our backyard one wheelbarrow after another until we've created a level place, then something about adding some 2 by 4s and plywood. That all seemed like way too much work, and I know that I wouldn't want to deal with that pile of sand come September.
Was having a pool on my property going to continue to be an unattainable dream?
Then my wise and discerning husband had another idea: buy a pool that actually fits and works in our backyard. He went off, and within an hour was home with a $30 Canadian Tire blow-up glorified outdoor bathtub.
Not exactly a dream come true, but it will have to do.
We filled it with just a bit of water, and the kids ran to get bathing suits on. While they were splashing away in the freezing cold water, I decided to supervise their backyard bathing. The thought of supervising while working occurred to me so I brought out my laptop and worked for maybe 2 minutes on my writing project (big deadline the following day) and then - BIG HUGE SPLASH FROM ABOVE! Right on the keyboard of my laptop. My lecture about water + electronics = bad obviously hadn't made a huge impression.
|note the huge water squirter|
So I've decided to put this dream on hold.
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.
We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden [or pool] over the horizon
- instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today."
- Dale Carnegie
This weekend, I'll dip my toes in the backyard bathtub. Maybe I'll even sit in it.
May you dream well, while watching your own roses bloom.