Half Full and Half Empty
by DC Steeves
WAIT!!! It’s only September? How come this summer has dragged on so long?
I know, I’m sounding confused, out of sorts, maybe even a little out of touch with reality. If I had hair, I’m sure I’d be pulling it out. I suppose it’s a matter of perspective on how we see things, or what events have happened that makes it so that things are either going quickly or slowly. It’s been mixed emotions for me, especially over the past month.
The problem is, I think I fear the inevitable. You know, when the novelty suddenly transfers into “the routine.” I say it’s inevitable because, with the start of the new school year, the girls in swimming and my son’s Hockey season, real life is about to deliver a swift kick in our collective butts and the sad truth is, we’re about to get busy with a whole Hockey sock full of additional responsibilities that will no doubt take precedence over our time together. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve been busy throughout the summer, but we’ve been busy together. Now, it’ll be me going in one direction and Wendy going in the other.
I suppose I really can’t complain though since up until this summer, like two long lost teenagers, “together time” was restricted to late-night telephone calls while seeing each other on web cam, long after dealing with our respective kids activities and issues and getting them to bed. Though our paths will likely only cross first thing in the morning and long after the day’s activities have been completed, we’ll still be able to have those late night conversations face to face.
My daughter leaves for college tomorrow and that was going to happen regardless of how much I protested against her departure. Truth is, though I’m going to miss her, I’m proud of her and wish her the best as she starts her new life. It seems like the time has flown by as her last days have now all been counted down. On the other hand, Wendy and I waited a long time for the day to come when we were together on a more permanent basis, and it seems like it took forever for that day to come.
But as I said before, though the countdown happened over the same relative elapsed time, it’s a matter of perspective on how we see things.
Half full and half empty are exactly the same thing…no matter how you look at it.
Derrick Curtis (“DC”) is a Sergeant and Lead Instructor for Pre-Deployment Training for the Canadian Forces (Canadian Army) currently stationed in Kingston, Ontario. A member of the Special Forces and Airborne, he has served in the Middle East, Africa and former Yugoslavia, as well as having served as a bodyguard for military VIPs. He also was a popular part time DJ at several of his assignments.
Father of four, DC is a skilled hockey, soccer and badminton player and has been known to do a mean karaoke when he’s not DJ’ing at local pubs.
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