Sunday, March 2, 2014
I'd only just turned the corner on my street when a father and a son invited me up to their garage to see a project that has occupied them for the past four years. This something bright and red they've building. This piece of history, restored. "Hey, Sweetheart," they called to me, as I was walking by. "Have a minute?"
I always have a minute for these two men who are, in so many ways, the pillars here. In addition to their day jobs, they keep this place whole—mowing lawns, collecting leaves, fixing cars, plowing snow, unsticking doors that get stuck. I've watched the son grow up. I've watched the father never grow old. "Hey, Sweetheart," they call. "You need a ride, Sweetie?" "Your house weathering the snow?" "Anything you need, you holler."
They are the irreplaceables—this father and son. They are how I know I'm home—that I picked the right corner of this town to raise my son, to grow up and old. "Sweetheart," they say, "let us know what you need." "Sweetheart, we'll be here if you call."
I snapped this photograph on my way back from the store. Still a little pink in the sky, still a little hope that the forecast of another storm will be a weather anchor's lie. But if the snow comes as they say the snow will come, I know where the lights will still burn.