After rain and wind through most of the previous twenty-four hours, yesterday morning’s weather lifted and turned beautiful. After spending the morning on the beach, we spent most of the afternoon in the Cape Mears area and on Short Beach.
Scene I: Deb and Li are at the local public library. Deb recognizes a friend named Steve, who comes over. Deb introduces him to Li.
Deb: “Li, this is Steve.”
Li (looking a little puzzled, to Steve): “You are not a monkey.”
Steve (pauses, lacking any context for such a statement, and replies): “That’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me today.”
The background for this one is that Deb and Li were just returning a book to the library where one of the main character’s friends was a monkey named Steve.
Scene II: Deb and Li are at home. Deb is having one of “those” days, and is struggling to get the lid off the container of M&Ms. Eventually, the lid comes off unexpectedly and M&Ms explode out of the container and scatter all over the kitchen floor.
Li: “Daddy doesn’t open it that way.”
Deb: “How do you spell ‘Ian’?”
Li: “With a pencil…”
The traditional gift for marking a twentieth wedding anniversary is china, and I find it very fitting as Deb and I celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary today that we have been given a gift that fits that tradition in a very non-traditional way in our daughter Li. What better gift of China could one possibly hope for?
Happy twentieth anniversary, Deb! I believe we have in fact been given three incredible gifts: our son Ian, our daughter Li, and each other. How richlyÂ we are blessed. I love you more than I will ever be able to convey in words here…