Friday, August 05, 2005

In-laws and Outlaws

The Harris family has moved back home. They are officially 'out' of Dawsonwood. Their house is looking wonderful. There are a few more things to do. But the basic things: Robbie's room, the downstairs painting and flooring, the bathrooms are done. And who would have thought that underneath that mangy orange carpet was a gorgeous pine staircase, now stained and painted and shining like new?!!!

I had thought to write something funny about this experience, but find that it really hasn't reached the "funny stage" yet. My computer is lagging behind my fingers which reminds me that I, too, am tired. There are about ten loads of wash to finish downstairs and Dawsonwood guests arrive tomorrow.

But I want to say a word about my son-in-law Dylan. He has put up with whatever design or decorating ideas Barb or I have hatched...put up with our moodswings, our alternate despair and excitement, uncomplainingly (at least in front of me). He has slaved unstintingly from 6 a.m. to midnight in exhausting heat. He has put furniture together!!! I need say no more. But I will. He actually made that laminate flooring come right, matching kitchen, dining room, living room and hallways in one seamless gleam of perfection. (It looks easy on the decorating shows, folks. It is not.)

Living together is not always easy. I want to thank my daughter Barbara for all the times she bit her tongue before biting off my head. I appreciate the fact that she took my unnecessary reminders, suggestions and nudges in good spirit. Her decision to do wainscoating in the powder-room was genius. Her courage in purging and her daring in holding a garage sale right in the middle of the reno were admirable and rewarding. And she continued to pull occasional night shifts, endured the bomb scare at the nursing home, and care for her sick baby.

We grandparents did our best with child care...but we WOULD forget to take along the puffer. We let the kids stay up too late, and generally wrecked any semblance of routine they had formerly known. So now that Barb is left with the little finicky bits to finish and the new asthma routine to establish, I pray she'll continue to have the strength to do what needs to be done and joy in doing it.


anj said...

Peace, grace and joy to you and yours Connie. Your son-in-law sounds like a wonder, and your daughter seems amazing. Your ability to see the best and give praise where it is due is part of calling out beauty, isn't it? Someday, I hope I can visit Dawsonwood, but for not, thank you for the view in your writing of the Divine at work.

Karyn said...

Connie, Read your last seven or so posts and am touched deeply by this blog. You are amazing, and I find myself blessed beyond words to have discovered another soul in unison. God bless. Oh, and your post on jealousy, I relate!

annie said...

What a blessing to read this post, Connie.

bobbie said...

there you go giving birth to beauty and creativity again! :)

i love that you honored them with your words - that you noticed the things that didn't happen too - beautiful mother, grandmother and woman that you are!! what a blessing!

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