Day Nineteen started slow because I didn’t sleep well, but it ended out all right because of a bunch of kids. You see, I truly think I could become a hermit – for at least a few, glorious months, and I’m reminded of this each and every summer since becoming a professor. After a day at home catching up on work, doing laundry, washing the dogs, and cleaning, I did not want to leave the house in the evening to go see a children’s play. But our friend, Patty, is a good woman and goes out of her way to support things that Dan and I do. She dresses up like an elf every December to come out and help Santa Dan make kids’ Christmas seasons brighter, and not many people would do that and enjoy it besides. When she messaged while Dan was away to see if we would come see the children’s summer camp production she had helped direct, there was no way I was going to turn down her invitation. But as it got closer, I dreaded it more and more. I just wanted to stay home, have dinner at a normal hour, and not have to go out in public. See what I mean? Hermit-y behavior, to be sure. Still, it was going to be my gift of the day.
We went to the show last night, enjoyed it thoroughly, and though we had a late dinner, it was a nice end to an evening. Besides, I guess it wasn’t just a gift for Patty because Dan is a pretty social guy, and he loves going out, whether it’s dinner, a play, or just a drive that often ends with a .99 ice cream cone. Even though I was trying to gift Patty on Day Nineteen, I ended up doing double time because hearing Dan laugh at the crazy kids’ show proved to me that going out of my comfort zone once in a while is a gift to him, too.