Everything for Your Home's
Beauty, Comfort & Convenience 384-2123
704 Jamestown St, Columbia
Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
Real Estate & Auction Co.
Duo County Telecom
Now Available Through
Your Cable Service!
GUN & PAWN
What's Going On
Info about the
Janice Holt Giles
and Henry Giles Society
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Carol Perkins: Camping - ranch style and city style
Carol prefers 'city' style.
Next earlier Carol Perkins column:Carol Perkins: The Swimming Pool Story Part II
By Carol PerkinsBR>
Our son Jon lives in Austin, Texas right in the hubbub of city life. To escape, he goes to his mother-in-law's "ranch" to hunt, clear brush, or fish with his kids on weekends. His family occasionally camps along the river at the ranch, but Beth and I both like camping "city style." Jon's roots are in the outdoors.
Mary, his mother-in-law, lives in Belton, Texas on several acres a little out of town and about fifteen miles from the "ranch." (We would call it a farm.) The grandkids ride their go-cart over the huge lot or pet the neighbor's donkey that comes to the fence when the kids are visiting "MiMi." Jon is lucky to have a foot in each world.
A couple of years ago, Jon decided to build a tree house in one of the big oaks in Mary's backyard. The tree was large enough to tolerate the massive house he built, complete with a zip line to another tree across the yard. When Jon had the time, he and his family drove up to Belton on weekends and worked on the treehouse. It was a family project that took over a year to complete.
One day several months after it was finished, Jon noticed the tree did not look right. On further examination, he discovered that it didn't look "right" because it was dying. Parts were already dead. He couldn't risk the kids climbing and zipping any longer, so he had to tear down the tree house, piece by piece. After all his hard work, the tree died! I would have been more than a little agitated.
Did the hammering and nailing kill the tree or was it already dying before he started? I didn't ask. The only thing I said was, "All that hard work and now this had to happen." I felt sorry for him.
Jon's reply was, "Yeah, it's a shame, but look at the time we spent together building it!"
When we moved to our present home in the early eighties and Jon was only seven, Guy and Jon built a treehouse. Afternoon after afternoon, they nailed planks and positioned them with me saying, "Don't put it too high!" Every friend who visited ended up in that treehouse, drinking Kool-Aid and eating peanut butter sandwiches. All that remains now are a few planks lying in the underbrush.
Jon may not build another treehouse, but he will continue to create outdoor projects with his kids; that is how he is wired. Even when they might want him to leave them alone awhile and go off to the den and watch TV so they can play their video games, he is quick to say, "Get on your boots; let's go to the ranch and don't think about taking those Ipads!" Frankly, when I'm with Jon and kids, he wears all of us out with activities. How lucky they are to have such an active father, and how glad I am I can come home and rest.
(My new book, A Girl Named Connie, is available at Blossoms Florist and Boutique Unique, 507 Happy Valley Road, Glasgow, KY 42141, Phone 270-629-3597; the Edmonton/Metcalfe Chamber of Commerce, 109 E Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY, Phone 270-432-3222; and the Lighthouse Restaurant, 1500 Sulphur Well/Knob Lick Road, Sulphur Well Historic District, KY 42129. Phone 270-629-3597. And Also on Amazon.com)
Carol would love to hear from you at email@example.com or call 270-670-4913.
This story was posted on 2017-03-29 07:25:38
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.
More articles from topic Carol Perkins:
Carol Perkins: The swimming pool story
Carol Perkins: Perils for apparel in Plate-to-mouth maneuver
Carol Perkins: Under the desk bike chapter of life
Carol Perkins: Reflections during Black History Month
Carol Perkins: People who are able to fix things
Carol Perkins: Advice for Husband & Wife medical exams
Carol Perkins: Planning a funeral - tiny detail, big difference
Carol Perkins: How about a cooking show with real food?
Carol Perkins: How can a cell phone disappear?
Carol Perkins: My wedding day, 25 Dec 1967
View even more articles in topic Carol Perkins
Click for Info
Bank of Columbia
If You're Thinking of Selling,
Let Us Do the Yelling
Principal Broker & Auctioneer
Burton Real Estate
& Auction Service
Call Us For Appraisals
Click for Listings
On This Site
or Click Here
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.