Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: City and Country

Sunday, June 03, 2007

City and Country



I'm back from a very full day, yet I'm actually fairly relaxed. This morning I picked up Kathy fairly early, and we headed downtown to participate our community's annual 5K walk/run to support the fight against breast cancer. We were two of 2700 people there. The crowded event was beautifully coordinated and, except for some serious technical difficulties with the announcers' microphones, everything seemed to go very smoothly. Before the race began, we were instructed to kneel down on the ground to allow all cancer survivors in our midst to stand and be visible. Pretty powerful stuff.

As an air horn blasted and we began the race, we slowly lurched forward like a pink sea of zombies. There were many tennis shoes sporting fresh coats of pale pink spray paint on the feet around us. One group of ladies carried signs that proclaimed, "Save the Ta-Tas!" There were women in marabou and sequins and men wearing photos of their wives and mothers around us. The sunshine beat down on our skin right away, surprisingly hot for any sort of morning light, and we walked through the beautiful west side of town through tidy, ancient craftsman-style homes, sparkling office buildings overlooking the river, and clusters of cheery California poppies. Over the course of the race, we managed to fight our way to the front of the walkers and made decent time for not being in any real hurry. After our glorious finish and a quick drink of water from paper cups, I dropped Kathy off and headed home for a quick shower before I gathered my own family and met her yet again up at her family's campsite on the lake.

The lake was, as usual, gorgeous. The meandering streams I remember from my childhood were swollen, full of water that was quite recently snow. We set up chairs in front of their camp trailer, and Brian chased Erik around, who played in some very tiny snowbanks that shriveled under the sun before our eyes and manufactured dark mud puddles the other kids found irresistible. Alan barbecued hot dogs for lunch, and we enjoyed some quality time just hanging out with our friends and their family. We played with fat little frogs hopping over the marshy ground. Erik took a low-speed spin with Alan on the little orange motorcycle and got a ride in the paddleboat before he had sunscreen and sweat in his eyes and decided he needed some sleep. We loaded Erik's Tonka and our chairs back into the Jeep and drove back to town, where I enjoyed a trashy movie with a surprisingly depressing ending and Brian and Erik took naps. It's a sweltering evening, and the sky is full of smoke yet again. I was enjoying some couch time and discovered a glossy beetle crawling in my sweaty, campfire-scented hairdo, and my hysterical screeching and spastic dance of disgust awakened Brian from his slumber on the love seat. We are now all in the upstairs office. Erik just watched a video on You Tube featuring construction equipment operating to Fanfare From Also Sprach Zarathustra From 2001: Space Odyssey for no particular reason. I giggled at this bizarre specimen of manly cinema. Erik smiled and said, "Awesome" at the end, asking his father to play it again.

It will be a miracle if I survive the next week with all that is scheduled, but at least I'm as ready for it as I can be.

Watch Erik's favorite "awesome" video HERE.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Every minute counts.... said...

I want to move where you are! It is beautiful there! WOW!
We love to go on float trips and the kids love to camp. When can we come and visit!??


Noel

7:10 PM  
Blogger Rosemarie said...

"Save the Ta-Tas!" Priceless.

I'm sending that video to my friend for her son. It's definitely a boy thing.

Beautiful pics and beautiful country!

11:03 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

That is some gorgeous scenery. I, too, want to come visit...or live. :)

The 'awesome' video, lol...it was cute the way the little kid is pokin' those big ole' tires. :)

5:08 AM  
Blogger THE PASLAY'S OF IDAHO said...

SOUNDS LIKE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! AND GREAT PHOTOS... WE ARE SO BLESSED TO LIVE IN THE GREAT NORTHWEST!

LOVE ERIK'S FAVORITE VIDEO...HE SHOULD BE THE ONE IN IT THOUGH... AND THE PHOTOS YOU TOOK OF ERIK... OH MY GOSH! I THINK HE HAS SPROUTED SINCE I SAW HIM LAST AND THAT WAS JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO!

THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR WEEKEND AND AGAIN, GREAT PHOTOS!!

BIG HUGS!

9:44 AM  
Blogger Lisa R said...

wow cool pics withte summer clothes and the snow!!!! The breast Cancer walk sounds like fun it is always great when people get into it with colors and signs.... I think that we need a vaca in that trailer of yours you all have to much fun...I hate fun when I am not part of it!!!!! Glad you had a terrific weekend

1:32 PM  

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