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How to turn any day into a holiday

Updated on November 9, 2011

My first view of the world today was of a two year old face a few inches from mine, words were coming out of her mouth which no one will ever know. A few minutes later an eight year old pops in “when are you going to get up?” Eyelids close again and after an undisclosed amount of time they open again. This time a three year old “come on Denna me wanna show you somethin“ . His hand became attached to mine so this time there was no choice. He had “helped” the girls make my bed last night and wanted to show me he had made his own.

When the living room was finally reached the house population was down to six. Last evening when my bed had beckoned me there were ten. It’s a beautiful day outside so within a few minutes everyone was outside. Today this included me. This is the first day everyone can be outside comfortably wearing shorts and a tee shirt.

Things which had been put on hold due to weather were going to be done. The garage had to be opened as the tools to do anything are in it. Three bicycles, two tricycles and a toy riding tractor had to be moved before the garage door was reached.

A few minutes later company came up. “Is it OK if we use the grill?” It had been decided yesterday they were putting together a big feed. They quickly divided chores and got busy. It was more important (to the ones who live here) for me to get everything together to get my job done so fixing food was up to everyone else.

Ten minutes later a friend who lives across town popped in. “My computer is running slow can you make it go faster?” Within two minutes “can we look at it now?“ We carry it into the house where it feels like icebergs could survive most likely without melting. The computer is just loaded up with unneeded cookies and unused files, a quick fix.

That done, its time to get back to the planned work for the day. The grill has been set up right in my way, the service door to the garage has been broken for months now and being cold blooded nothing was going to be done till it was comfortable outside. Well, the grill gets moved so my twenty six inch backside (wheelchair) can get through the door so its time to get started..

The garage hasn’t been cleaned since sometime in the fall and we remodeled the bathroom a few weeks ago so the place is a mess. After about an hours search the three year old comes up and hands me the needed piece. He had been playing with it in the yard. As the searching was going on tools were being placed where they were needed so once the piece was in hand it took only a few minutes to get that project done.

After “me help” had been heard for the fifth time, the three year old was allowed to hold the piece in place while the drill was changed into a screwdriver. Needless to say it had to be glued again, within four seconds after my hand had let go it hit the floor. It was still faster than trying to find a clamp.

After this job was done it was time to grease the bearings in the wheelchair. They have been rolling funny for a while now. This has been a first warm day thing for nineteen years.

The next project is going to take more time. Some of the tools are put in place, as the same ones from the door fix will be needed for this job. More tools will be needed too as boards have to be cut. The power saw is on a shelf (if not, it would be in three year old hands) out of my reach.

Help is needed and as usual everyone is busy. With two children (today three) under four and a six year old the adults are kept busy especially at meal time, which it was. A rare gift for me today was, a parent for each child was present which meant things could be done without a child present constantly.

My kind of holiday

During lunch while everyone was sitting around talking it was decided the rest of the day should be considered a holiday. It’s time to stop and smell the flowers. Smelling flowers was taken care of by having at least one of every type growing on the property being put under my nose by a child.

We all work too hard not to be able to enjoy a beautiful day. There was still plenty of food so we decided to call a few friends to join us. Within twenty minutes the population tripled.

The rest of the day was spent laughing, talking, and chasing children. Sometimes just being surrounded by friends enjoying the sunshine can be a balm to the soul. For me this is the best formulation for making any day a holiday.


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    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      8 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Thanks Rolly, the first warm day has passed. It was nothing like the year this was written. As a group we rarely spend time together now. The other house is a safe house and the business address is "everywhere." There are two reasons this has happened. To have a safe place the less people who know where the people who need it are the better. Then the workload has doubled and the one who provided the most help took a job with another company and moved on.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      8 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Dennis... thanks for the reminder to look all around and appreciate more what is close at hand. This weekend is a fence and deck painting day. Maybe a time to stop and listen while the work is getting done and listen to the birds and enjoy the smell of the flowers and fresh air.


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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      8 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      rebeccamealey years ago one of the houses we owned was decorated for Christmas all year long. The renter had, had a child missing since a few months old. Her way of coping was to have everything ready to celebrate when the child was found.

      As of yet we have found no place locally which has decorations for all the holidays up at once.

      It is amazing this hub was the one commented on today, it is another of those days an article needs to be written about. The women who used to live here, who we are helping support, started college courses today. With the women's first day of school, I was called upon to ramrod the other house today. All of the "little ones" are in school now, have been for almost a school year.

      It had been a long time since I had been awakened by children this young. The youngest here now is just a baby. It is the older children who wake me up now.

      Spending the day at the other house was like a holiday. One of the first in quite a while when someone else took care of the business. Where I was given flower gifts or enjoyed a picnic in the yard.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I use to go to a little sandwich shoppe that had decorations from every major holiday on display at the same time. Your Hub sort of reminded me of it. Every day a holiday is a nice thought!

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Nonna I remember impromptu picnics on the living room floor with my son twenty five years ago. We still do it with the children here. My house has always been an open and free place. I wouldn't have it any other way. My work area to this day is in the center of everything. Luckily I am hard of hearing and do a good job of zoning out when I am working. I do use a laptop and a mobile phone when I require them. One of the benefits of working on the computer is I could even be on a beach and do what is required to keep the business moving.

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      9 years ago

      I love your "first view of the world". How absolutely wonderful and priceless. The flow of the day and the people coming and going seemed so free and beautiful.

      When my kids were small and now with my grandchildren, we have many impromptu picnics...sometimes on a blanket spread out on the livingroom floor.

      Loved reading this....made me just relax and smile. Thank you. Voted up and awesome

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      Brett.Tesol The first warm day of spring is a special time here. In the winter getting outside can be a chore. The garage does have a wood stove which hasn't been used this winter at all. I still have little ones wake me up but not as often now. The young ones who live here now are 4 years and the other 6 months old. When I am at the other house the youngest two are three.

      neeleshkulkarni this winter has been more peaceful than the spring of 2011 when this article was written. It promises to be an easier day. We haven't decided yet who will feed the troops that day. This year there are two houses to choose from.

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      9 years ago from new delhi

      what a peaceful scene you conjure up.wish i was there!

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      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      A beautiful hub, children really have a skill of bringing happiness into almost any day. This image of you waking to a small smiling face amused me, children and dogs alike seem to find this a fun way to wake someone! lol

      Thanks for SHARING, up and beautiful.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      We did that with the children also. There were days someone came in and said it is time for a few hours away from the computer and off we would go. I have no relatives close by so have taken in people who need help. They seem to be changing faster now. The first mother and children were with me for over a year. I currently have a brother and sister and her 4 children, with the brothers child coming in over the weekends. They all came in as the weather was changing so no trips with this group yet.

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      9 years ago from India

      Hi wheelinalover, When i was kid, dad would take us to picnics on Sundays or holidays and it was fun. We would pack our lunches and go to some garden few miles away, play games there and have lunch and come back in evening. Sometimes few familes would go to picnic.

    • wheelinallover profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis Thorgesen 

      9 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      I have been accused of being a workaholic most of my life. This stopped for a while when I went into the wheelchair, but once I was able to really get around again it started over. For me now, working on the computer has me going from the time I wake up till sometimes four AM. I take sleep breaks when exhaustion really takes over but that is not often. A vacation no matter how long helps me unwind and makes my life easier when I go back to work.

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      Diana Owens 

      9 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Hi Denna,

      I liked this Hub. It reminds me of my own growin' up days...the good ones. (: I like your style!

      take care and stay safe,



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