We attended church before going downtown to man a sunscreen booth at a local arts festival for a couple of hours. It was hot and sticky, but the company was good and that made it quite enjoyable.
We rushed home to do some whirlwind house cleaning before company arrived, then we all loaded up for a drive to the local cinema to watch Shrek III. It was cute; not as good as the first one, but they never are.
After returning, we made some scrumptious hamburgers on our new grill (Thanks, Dad!) and finished the evening with some fantastic dessert and a rousing game of dominoes. Alyson stomped us, as usual, but fun was had by all and it was a rather delightful evening!
I went to the emergency room last night with appendicitis and had my appendix removed this morning around 1:30 a.m. Surprisingly, they have already let me come home and I’m doing pretty well as long as I take the pain medicine. This was a laparoscopic surgery, so I have three small incisions. One actually goes through my belly button and they repaired a small hernia that I had there, too. A real “two-for-one special”, as the doctor called it. As you can tell from the picture, my belly is still quite swollen (and freshly shaven).
I posted a picture a while ago of the “Indian Pink” (Spigelia marilandica) in my yard, but the buds hadn’t opened yet. They are currently blooming, so I took some new shots yesterday. I love the contrast between the crimson buds and the chartreuse star-shaped blossom.
Family – Spent lots of time with family members this weekend. Some of it was enjoyable, some of it was quite uncomfortable. I guess it’s always that way with family, though.
Friends – Also spent some time with the friend that I was reunited with recently. We went out for dinner and came back to watch Little Miss Sunshine, which is always a treat.
Church – Went to Mom’s church this morning. My sister and I wanted to surprise her for Mother’s Day, but it was strange to be back in the church that I grew up in. We took her out to eat afterwards and had a very nice time.
Adoption – I saw many of the people that I grew up with today at church. Almost all of them have their own families and I couldn’t help but feel a little pang of jealousy.
I would love to have a child and I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about adoption lately. I don’t even know if it’s a possibility. The cost alone is intimidating, not to mention the challenges facing two men trying to raise a child. It seems a little unfair that we have to work so hard for what most take for granted.
These are the cards that life has dealt me and I understand that there are going to be some limitations and inconveniences. It still puzzles me how anyone could think we choose to be this way, considering how difficult it can be.