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Quotes from the Masters: Bacon

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“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand–and melting like a snowflake.” Sir Francis Bacon     

This weekend my husband and I held a Wedding Shower for my son and his future bride.  Since they live four hours away, we had a difficult time coordinating a date, but settled for July 7.  Of course, the entire week before the party, it was in the 100’s and the heat wave broke all sorts of records. 

Consequently, we would work outside early morning and late afternoon.  When the sun was at its hottest, we would work in the house trying to get ready for the full house of company we would have for the weekend.  If we felt too over-heated  we would jump in the pool to cool down.  However, even the pool was having trouble keeping up with the heat.  After four days of high temperatures the water was 92 degrees and not quite as refreshing as it should have been. 

Our goal was to make things as cool for our guests as possible. The dress was casual because we knew it would be too hot to be formally dressed.  We had a shelter, lots of cool drinks (Sangria), good food, and an air-conditioned house for respite.

 On the morning of the shower, as we all began to set up for the party that was set for one in the afternoon, it was still 98 degrees.  Tempers flared as we attempted to set up the pop-up canopy and arrange the tables.  The prep work in the kitchen was set to a furious cacophony of women trying to prepare cheese, meat, and vegetable trays.  Everyone on duty was sweating and hot, but we worked together, so that when the first guests arrived, the place looked perfect.

 Then, the magic occurred.  As the future bride and groom opened their gifts, a swift breeze fluttered the top of the canopy. The flowers on the tables began to sway and a blessed cool wind came from the northwest.  All the guests turned instinctively toward the relief. “Ahhhs.” Were heard all around. 

 The wind had shifted bringing a cool front to the stifling heat.  The temperature dropped 10 degrees in fifteen minutes.  By the time all the presents were opened and the cake was being passed around, the guests were no longer asking for iced drinks, but for coffee to go with their cake. 

 The universe had chosen that moment to give us all a break from the oppressive heat and blow in happy wishes for the future bride and groom.  Never again will we be blessed to watch our son share this moment with his bride–to- be and his family and friends.  Similarly, as the quote from Sir Frances Bacon states, “We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand- and melting like a snowflake.” Fortunately, none of us melted like a snowflake in the heat, but we did have the opportunity to view a couple, sparkling like the stars for a brief moment.

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Quotes from the Masters: Grahame

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This is a challenge put forth by Bringing Home Europe where the writer, photographer, musician, or poet is inspired by a quote from a master.  This week’s challenge:   “There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Kenneth Grahame, from The Wind in the Willows  

The Cub Scout pack that my grandson is a member of held its annual Rain Gutter Regatta boat races this weekend.  The balsa wood boats are pre-cut and ready for original styling by each scout. In the August 2002 edition of Boy’s Life, The Official Publication by Boy Scouts of America there are complete instructions on how to build a Regatta boat.  This is where my grandson began “messing” with boats.

Once the kit was purchased, my grandson and his dad set up in my garage to create the perfect Regatta boat.  They sanded the hull until it was smooth and then used a tack cloth to remove any reside from the sanding.  This was serious.

The next day, my daughter and grandson came over with a small can of polyurethane and a brush to paint three coats of the gummy substance over the entire boat.  Each coat had to be dried, sanded, tack clothed, then painted again to achieve a waterproof glaze over the boat.  In between coats of polyurethane, there was nothing to do but swim in the pool, which made the time go by quickly.

Next, spray paint was used to make the Regatta boat look good.  Luckily, for my grandson, I had several old cans of spray paint in the garage just waiting for his boat.  My grandson chose silver over the orange or green available. (I think the orange and green were from a former Halloween project.)

On Sunday, they all stopped by once more to put the finishing touches on their boating creation.  They added the keel and the rudder.  Super Glue was the choice of adhesive. (I did not know Super Glue could withstand water. I guess you learn something new every day.)  Curiously, not only did the keel and the rudder stick to the silver hull of the boat, but also stuck to the fingers of my son in law.  After a little administration of nail polish remover to those sticky fingers, the sail and the mast were applied.  The Regatta boat was ready to sail!

At the festivities, my grandson’s silver Regatta boat made a good showing.  With a little help of his robust blowing on the sail, the boat sped down the rain gutter with grace and actually stayed afloat.  When the races were over, proud scouts lined up for hamburgers and hot dogs, and to talk to each other about their boats.  It did not matter that my grandson’s Regatta boat did not take first, second, or even third place in the race.  What really mattered was that he was able to “mess” with the boat.  He put it together with his mom and dad and shared his handiwork with his friends.  Moreover, as the quote from Master Grahame so eloquently proclaims, “There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This act of playing did more for my grandson’s sense of family, sense of camaraderie, and sense of self than he realizes.  Thank you to the Cub Scouts for providing these very important lessons to him and all the other boys in the pack.

Copyright © Jamie Nowinski and Grandmother Wisdom/ Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
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