I had a few neighbors taking notice of me washing the windows in the rain today. Before you think I am completely off my rocker, it wasn't raining when I started & it was mostly a light drizzle. In South Florida, especially in the tropical season, it can be sunny one minute & raining the next. My thought was I was bound to get wet anyway. Life can not stop because you are afraid of a little rain. It can even rain on one block & not the next (in our neighborhood).
I had a check list for my parents that I have been working diligently on, and this was on the list. My Mom was so excited, as she is just not up to it anymore, nor is my Dad. My Dad was amazed that it is getting done. Usually I may have considered hiring it out, but my parents are a bit from the old school (so am I to a great degree). I so do respect that work ethic & hard work. I really wanted to do this list for them. My Dad would have felt bad if I had called someone. They still want to be able to keep up these things. It is a different feeling to him, if I am doing it for him as a gift, than if I have to pay someone to do it & he couldn't. This way they are still managing their home. I am not sure that makes sense, but that is the best way I can try to describe it. It made me feel good to do something special for them as well. A feeling inside without a price tag.
Anyway, as I don't even always do my own windows myself, I had set my mind to the experience. I started with their main rooms. It immediately got a glow on their faces, that made the whole experience worthwhile to see them both. I had to warn them not to walk through the sliding glass doors now. We placed my Mom's "Packers" football up in the middle, for them to see as a reminder, on the way out the door.
Both were excited & I had wished I had been able to work it into the list sooner! I made a vow that I would make more time to keep more things current for them on those things that challenge them now physically, & balance that time, so they can have things kept more to their liking & my wishes for them.
When it started to rain, I could tell it stressed my Dad. I said to him, "Dad, what better time to do it than in the rain, as you are going to get wet anyway". "It is cooler." "The Rain helps me rinse". It was all good & it was really very peaceful washing those windows in the rain. It was great to see the result. I decided that washing windows in the rain, is a bit like blogging. You have to pay attention to detail, get in & out of all the parts, check, check & re-check. :) It was also kind of like when you were a kid & getting to play in the rain "&" with the hose.
In each project, it has been so great to see the look on my parents faces. I had set aside today for them & it was so worth it! I know I should have a photo of them here, but my Mom had a pajama day today with the weather. One of the things she enjoys now that she has retired "twice". It was one of those paying it forward kind of days that just felt GREAT!!!