I think it should be called Shine and Show and then Shine once more. ..
but no one asked me.
On Saturday evening when 99 % of Canucks fans were glued to their televisions or luckier yet sitting in the stands. . .
we got our selves cleaned up and went to church.
When church became so full that two Sunday services couldn't hold the worshippers..
they started a third service on Saturday evenings.
As soon as church was out. .
we did something we rarely do ..
we bolted for the door.
Arriving home in time for the 3rd period and the 10 second overtime. .
we cheered as though we had sat through the whole thing.
Such a good evening.
On Sunday morning ..
my beloved went into the barn early to do his chores and before noon. .
we were off to the Merc's equivalent of a year end recital.
It was as any typical individual is on the morning of the recital.
We warmed her up good .. .since she stalled on the first attempt to leave the safety of her shop.
Once on her way . .
she apparently couldn't wait to get there. .
and I had to give her handler the eye . . .
to get her under some semblance of control.
None of the other rods had farmers taking them to the recital and we came in a little late. .
Driving through the parking lot. .
making low. .lugging sounds . .we inched our way along looking for a spot to sit.
She need not have worried.
I stood back and let the two of them have their day.
I didn't need to answer questions. .
or explain how the whole thing began ..
but I sure did enjoy capturing the one being asked.
"Three years" he said. . .
I listened while one after another came to see and offer their review of the finished task.
Her hood was propped open.
Let them look.
When he was busy answering questions of one set of folks. .
I tried my best to answer on the other side.
I know a bit about her too. .
but not like the one that set each bolt and each bead of welding which was sanded and refined to his level of acceptance.
How could I forget those all important numbers yet once again.
383 .. .383. ..383 .. .383. ...383. .
write it out a hundred times. . .
I won't forget that engine again.
Next time I'll come with a cheat sheet.
The crowd that comes to look is respectful of the project.
No one touches ..
except those that have a right. . .
as the son who came to see her. .
in her show.
For the most part ..
I stood back and watched . ..
and couldn't help but feel very proud of my husband who built his rod.