Day 49 – Rare Moments Spent With Rare Mammals

Did you know that Bison are considered the largest land mammal in North America?  Me either.  I guess it makes sense.  They are enormous!  Theresa and I are sitting on a bench in Golden Gate Park.  We are right in front of the ‘Buffalo Paddock’.  Today there are 4 bison roaming around and grazing on the grass.  We are on a child free picnic!  Rare.  We discuss all kinds of things that we never get to talk about….like how bad the hummus is that we just paid 4 dollars for at Safeway! We get to check in with each other a little bit.  This is really rare….like the bison.  They once roamed the planes freely….and we once did whatever we wanted to do, freely.  Things are more complicated of course, now with Darwin.  But I wouldn’t trade him back in….I just wish we could get some more time for just us.  Just a little.  I want to apologize to Theresa….for being in such bad shape.  This year has really put me through it.  I am sorry that I have diabetes, that we are usually broke all the time, that I am angry a lot, that I don’t take care of Darwin equally, that I am taking on this huge project instead of fixing some of this stuff….etc.  But one of the best things about Theresa is that she has ALWAYS seen me for me…not my issues.  It’s really quite amazing.  She wouldn’t accept an apology.  How lucky am I to have ever met this woman?  So we try and enjoy the rest of our time alone today….we go geocache.  We find a good one near the horseshoe course…and of course we stop by the spot where we got married and kiss.  I love her.  And as long as she believes in me things can’t be that bad.

I have been wanting to paint a buffalo for a long time.  This one came together rather fast.  I wish they all could go fast.  I think I could have gone farther on the background but that would have added more time.  Theresa was hanging out in the studio for the whole painting.  She likes it.  I am still really loving painting everyday….or when I can.  It seems like a chore sometimes but I try and appreciate the project as a whole.  I can’t wait to see the whole thing.  Take care.


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One Response to Day 49 – Rare Moments Spent With Rare Mammals

  1. Linda Garrity says:

    Your time alone with Theresa sounds idyllic and therapeutic for both of you-you seem to be quite the romantic guy!

    I also try to apologize to my husband and even after 37 years, ask him what he could possibly have seen in me when we met-I get a similar reaction to what your wife gave you. He also says he finds the question insulting; he thinks I’m implying that he had no good judgement about whom he wanted to be in a relationship with at the time.

    One of the worst mistakes I made while we were raising our two boys was to not create opportunities to have “alone time” with my husband. When our sons were gone, we looked at each other and said, “Well hi, what have you been doing for the past 25 years!” It took us months and months to regain our relationship; we’re still working on that.

    Theresa sounds like a lovely, fun, supportive wife-for whatever her reasons are, it sounds as if she’s in love with all of who you are. As long as you make it a priority to have some time for yourselves, check in with each other, and keep your communications going, you’ll both be fine. An added bonus is that Darwin will see what a healthy, strong marriage looks like, which will shape his life in such a positive way.

    Interesting factoid about the bison, btw!

    PS Entering the word “bison” into spotify leads to some interesting results-the are a few songs with that in the title, there’s a band called Bison (who have an album called “The Dark Side of the Moo”, now c’mon, that’s funny!), and another called “The Beast with Nine Backs”

    After listening to a few selections, I’m going to suggest “Led By Bison” by Seafood from their Album “Surviving the Quiet” as a soundtrack for this post. I don’t know what any of the lyrics have to do with bocce ball, but here, have a listen!

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