I have talked about my love of gum before here. People that know me well are aware of this affinity and for Christmas this year I received a case of a new minty fresh type that I was particularly appreciative of. I try to pay attention to little things that I come across on a day-to-day basis that are particularly sweet and add a bit of awesome to an otherwise ho-hum day. This happened on Saturday as I was chewing a piece of gum and grabbed the cup in the console and tossed in a few pieces of ice. I hadn’t done it in a while but I love chewing gum and ice together. This was exactly one of those sweet things that I like to earmark and remember. It wasn’t just any ice either, which is what made it even better. It was that tiny pellet ice that you remember from concession stands at little league. I think we can all agree that pellet ice is the best ice ever. That ice chews up perfectly and combined with gum that gets partially frozen and hard is totally sweet.
Last week I read this great blog post by Maggie. Since then I have had the “bucket list” concept come up several other times. A friend of mine is playing The Old Course at St. Andrews today and my grandmother flew in a sail plane a few months ago. People are climbing mountains and starting non-profits and catching salmon with their bare hands. My recent triumph was finally getting a few days of old gym clothes out of my trunk and into the laundry, gross I know. Thinking about all of the amazing experiences this world has to offer sometimes makes me feel small. I don’t worry though that my bucket list may have a leak or even that no formal list has been made. I may never take up falconry on the weekends or spend the night in an igloo, but I do have goals. Goals that are achievable (I think) and goals that would make my life better. It may not be enough to fill a whole bucket but from a guy trying to be the best husband and dad he can be, here are a few excerpts from my teaspoon list.
1. Get rid of the two dirt spots in the front lawn.
2. Break down all those boxes in the garage and take them to the recycling place.
3. Play an entire game of football on the X Box just like before kids.
4. Start the day with something other than profanity when the alarm goes off at 5:30.
5. Learn some kind of basic “in case of emergency” hair styling strategy for my daughters in case my wife isn’t home.
6. Try out that taco truck everyone keeps talking about.
7. Remember to buy stamps and get the trash out to the curb on time.
8. Figure out some kind of alternative energy solution fueled by dryer lint and dropped goldfish.
9. Hit all green lights.
10. Remember (just once) to bring those re-usable grocery bags to the store.
I have done some pretty cool stuff and I am sure that there will be more cool stuff to come. I won’t feel empty if I don’t drive a Formula One car or see the march of the penguins in person. I am happy for you folks that are out their building a violin from a tree in your backyard, and nursing an injured koala back to health with goat’s milk from your own goat. For me though, calling a bunch of crap I will probably never do “my bucket list” is totally weak.