Dating and Giving Birth
Garreth and I skipped the dating part of our relationship. We met, wrote letters to each other, got married, had babies, then started dating. Not exactly advisable, but in our case best. We’ve had more than our fair share of bad dates.
There is so much pressure to instantaneously be magical. My sweet wonderful husband is a people watcher and I’m all about connecting. See me. Stop looking around. Have a conversation. To be fair, I’m sure he doesn’t love when I cry on dates. We have some bad date stories.
But this is a good one. This fall we went to our local pub and had a lovely meal and wonderful conversations. At some point Garreth started waxing eloquent about a beautiful lathe he’d seen online and all of the amazing different kinds of bowls he could turn with it. He already had a lathe but it was too small and too basic. I was happy to see him happy. He asked if he could buy it. Of course I said yes. My man never spends money on himself and every man deserves a hobby.
He asked me if I wanted to know how much it was. Sure. Why not. He’d be worth every penny. He told me. I smiled and panicked a little inside. But I’m a smart and kind woman. I said, “Get the lathe. I’m going to sell your bowls and we’re taking a vacation this year.”
My brother built Garreth a fancy website. I started at etsy shop. We got a tax ID number and opened a bank account. It’s all been very exciting, not as easy as we thought, and perhaps not very well thought through. We’re stretching and growing. It’s been a bit like giving birth. Something new of us that we’ve worked hard at that we’re a little bit unprepared for coming into the world.
Garreth and I have business meetings that have so far gone better than some of our dates. We write things down and check them off. He sends me thank-you texts and I marvel at his work.
And with that we’d like announce our newest member of the family…..
Garreth puts an Irish penny in the bottom of each bowl to honor his Irish heritage. Check out his website at IrishandMaine and I’d like to draw your attention to our Community Candles. We’ve received so much from our community that we’ve decided to give away all of the proceeds from these candles directly to local New England families dealing with complex medical needs. We’re very excited for this opportunity to give back.
Thank-you for all of your support and special thanks to Blogmaster Uncle Joshy for the website and Speech Therapist extraordinaire Jackie for the photos and for all of the ideas and feedback and orders we’ve already reeived.