|Along the Farmington River|
Yesterday the stunningly patient and mighty fine SML and I decided to take advantage of the crisp but not yet cold fall air and take a long walk along the Farmington River. As you can see from the picture, with leaves serving as our carpet much of the way, it was a beautiful walk. While the scenery was exquisite, even better was the opportunity that she and I had to simply talk. I am pleased to report that after nearly 24 years of marriage, we haven't run out of things to talk about. Of course, with me as a spouse, I'm not sure that the stunningly patient and mighty fine SML will ever run out of things to discuss. Admittedly, I give her plenty of fodder. Unfortunately, it can often begin with "Why did you have to say (insert my latest inappropriate comment/observation) while we were out with (insert couples' name)?"
That said, much of what we talked about on our walk focused on what's next for us, particularly as a couple on the cusp of full empty nestedness (I don't really think that's a word). The reality is, though, that with Our Lady of Awesome married, CAL in school full-time, and the Boy less than two years away from a mission, we are much closer to being lone parents in the Garden of Eden than we probably think. It was a little exciting to talk about some of the things we might do. It was a little scary to talk about some of the things that could loom ahead as well, too. Scary simply because of the unknown, nothing more dramatic than that. I can report though that my dream to be called 'Fred' in place of 'Grandpa' is dead. I will not under any circumstances be allowed to let any grandchildren that we might have call me 'Fred.' And before any of you think that I am telegraphing an announcement here, let me be perfectly clear, I am not.
I hope we get a few more walks in like this before it gets hideous here. Maybe we'll get lucky and we'll have a mild winter. We'll see what else we can figure out on our walks. Perhaps we can tackle what to do about the Middle East next....we're all for a good challenge.