Neighbors. They are always butting in. Then again, maybe that is just a matter of perspective.
When you are looking for reasons to settle instead of reasons to run, it's like seeing flowers in the sunlight instead of the dark. Like seeing them the way they are meant to be seen.
As a family we tend to keep to ourselves. When we moved to Oklahoma a month ago, we leased a home to give us time to find our way around before buying our "long-time" house.
We moved into an older house with red bricks and a big porch in a beautiful old neighborhood with big beautiful trees, expansive lawns and swimming pools.
We moved in next to McBride.
McBride is 89. His grown son lives three houses down around the corner in an ultra-modern home built in the 1950's. My kids call it The Fortress of McBriditude. We suspect that is where McBride goes when he needs to hide from his public.
You see, McBride is a super hero.
I don't know how they began to suspect it but we are pretty sure it's true.
Maybe it is the rumor about McBride climbing on his roof. This rumor was told to Eight and me over the fence by his own son. McBride's son said that if we saw him on the roof, we should tell him to get the h#)) off. Eight told me later that he shouldn't talk to McBride's son without supervision because he cusses. I tried not to laugh at his self-monitoring...be careful little ears what you hear.
I think we actually got the idea about McBride because of how he mows his lawn. He is incredibly fast. Not for an 89-year-old man but incredibly fast for any man. His aforementioned son said that he mows fast so that he can get in the pool. He gets in the pool even when its freezing. This is Oklahoma people. It gets cold when the wind comes sweeping down the plains.
About three mornings ago I looked out my kitchen window and there was a ladder leaned against McBride's roof. I know now that he does get on the roof. But I also know his secret, he doesn't fly. I will never tell.
Yesterday Almost Ten climbed up in the old sycamore tree between my drive and McBride's. My husband was watching from the window as he tested a new freedom. When Bob walked out to check on him, he discovered McBride on his way out. With a ladder.
McBride to the rescue.
My children are delighted to live next to a hero. My children are delighted to live next door to McBride.
here's to seeing the flowers in the daylight,
The other posts from Boom Where You're Planted:
Good to Know
Bloom Where You're Planted
Blooms Start With Buds
It Takes Work to Make Blooms