There were 2 new additions that I noticed in our backyard this past week that confirm my suspicions that Dave has officially run out of things to do in "the yard." But, he loves being in the yard so much he finds things to do.
(Dave and Carrie walking through the backyard)
Carrie: Wow Dave, that hanging pot I killed at the beginning of the summer looks so great. I can’t believe you were able to nurse it back to health.
Dave: I know, it looks pretty good.
Carrie: Did you see the new yellow flowers growing in it? I love them. They look really nice with all the pink.
Carrie: Did you hear what I said about the yellow flowers?
Dave: Are you making a joke?
Dave: Those are silk flowers. I stuck them in the plant to make it look better.
Dave: Carrie don’t eat the peanut butter out here
(Dave calling to Carrie from outside - Carrie is standing in the kitchen)
Dave: Don’t eat the peanut butter out on the back steps
Carrie: Why would I eat peanut butter out on our back steps?
Dave: No. There IS peanut butter on our back steps, and don’t eat it.
Carrie: You think there is a chance I would lick up random peanut butter that I find outside on the ground?
Dave: Just don’t eat it ok?
Dave: Because it will kill you.
Carrie: Why is there peanut butter on our back steps that could kill me?
Dave: Because I took some rat poisoning, mixed it with peanut butter, and put it on our back steps.
Carrie: To kill rats?
Dave: To kill squirrels
Carrie: Why are you trying to kill squirrels?
Dave: Because I don’t like them hanging around our back yard
So is Dave an attentive gardener? Yes, certainly. But don't you sort of think he is bordering on the line of crazy old man? I mean - supplementing our backyard with silk foliage? Referring to squirrels as a reckless gang of teenagers looking to cause trouble? It is only a matter of time before our neighbor’s cat turns up missing or dead from the peanut butter concoction. Then you can add cat killer to the list.
There have been several times when we have been mid conversation in the house when Dave glances out the window and then takes off sprinting. I've come to learn this means he's spotted a squirrel on our property and is off to chase it, throw rocks at it, and/or yell at it.
As I watch him through the window run around like a crazy man - I can't help but picture him 40 years older, with a broom in hand, and robed only his underwear and black socks. Dave is going to make such a fantastic crazy old man. I love that these are the antics of my 28 year old husband. I can't wait to see what 68 has in store for us.