For the guy out back
Every day this great hubbie of mine heads out to his office in the garage, armed with his computer, his wits, and a sprig of hope that this will all be over in just a few months.
He’s out there doing great things, slaying that dissertation dragon, so to speak. It’s a pretty large task, especially when you’re sitting cheek-to-jowl with fifty cans of wheat and a few jars of pickles. (He shares the space with our pantry overflow.)
I decided amidst the daily grind he needed a little boost, a ray of hope and sunshine in this otherwise windowless room. As a starter:
For nine years I’ve been trying to figure out how to properly feed this husband of mine. An IV, unfortunately, was not an option. So a well-stocked treat bucket was definitely in order.
As was an inspiration board, something to keep him upbeat and hopeful.
It has a thin ribbon at the top with the word journey, to remind him to enjoy this journey–it’s the only dissertation he’ll ever write! (Well, here’s to hoping.) Also, some handmade drawings from the boys. And of course, an image of the new iPad, because anything beginning with i brings great joy into Seth’s life. And finally, my new favorite quote by Julius Lester, which has also found its way to my project wall as well: “Each writing is an act of faith that requires the strength of ten thousand men.”
Now, onto that great dissertation, eating the elephant, as the saying goes, one bite at a time. (And hopefully those Powerbars too.)