Welcome to my parents backyard. A field of dreams.
My family and I moved many times during my childhood, but if you asked me where home is, it is this property. Pick a childhood pastime and it has been done in this field or the woods beyond it. Soccer. Football. Baseball. Paintball. Forts. Snowboarding. Manhunt (hide and seek for kids who are clearly way to old and cool to play it). Christmas tree hunting. Tree climbing. Sappy hands. Broken bones. Even a failed attempt at spin-the-bottle. Our motley crew shaped this land with our hands, minds, and hacksaws. It was whatever we needed it to be. Best of all, we were always a short walk away from all the water we could drink and a fridge that was always ready to be raided by our grubby hands.
In more recent history, all of us kids have grown up and moved away. The House is much too empty these days. The Field is left to bristle in the wind with the echos of my past fading as each new year comes and goes.
But, as I sit here to write this, I realize that it was not the land that made it my home. It was not the field or all the time we spent in the woods that made it my home. It was Mom and Dad.
They have always supported us crazy kids and our dreams. They treated our friends like family. Mom stocked that fridge to keep up with our constantly crowed house and our hungry teenage stomachs. She made everyone that came into that house feel at home. Dad played football with us. And he would brim with pride at the site of our hideous forts.
I guess what I want to say is thank you Mom and Dad. This is all I could ever want for my child. You guys are awesome. And you are gonna kick some serious “butt” as grandparents, wherever you live!
Do you hear that babyjedi? You are one lucky kid. This family you are being born into is one of the #bestofalltime.
Speaking of the baby, they have been kicking/punching/flipping up a storm. You can see it now too… its so cool. I am starting to wonder if BabyAlien would have been a more fitting nickname… just playin babyjedi… love you!
Anyways, that is all for now.
thanks for looking,
daniel. kate. babyjedi/alien
:EDIT: I have once again proven that I am an idiot. Kate and I also got married in this field!!!! Thanks for throwing me under the bus Uncle Doug :P