The sun hung in the sky, showering the yard with its warmth as the breeze kept things comfortable. It had been a while since I had been home and seen my family. You know what that means...plenty of talking about the goings-on in my life as we sat outside on that beautiful afternoon. It was the first time that I had been home with my son as my wife had to work. As we talked, it was interspersed with minor interruptions from my toddler son. It was just a relaxing day with nothing on the agenda so I just sat there and enjoyed the weather which is something that I normally don't have time to do on a normal basis. After a nice lunch of homemade fusion cuisine that my mother had made, we sat and spoke.
Of course, all that talk makes one thirsty. That's where the sangrias and margaritas came into play. We started with some sangria which just tastes so good on those warm summer days. It's cold and refreshing with the crisp taste of fresh cut fruit. It was something to sip as we talked.
The conversation started out with light chit chat about what I've been up to as of late. It's a pretty easy subject to cover considering that I'm a stay at home dad. Of course, my days are spent taking care of my son. Not to say that my days are boring, rather they are some of the most exciting days that I've seen since my own childhood. It really is a job in and of itself taking care of a child. There is a never ending list of things to do. Clean, clean, clean, then prepare food, eat, clean, hopefully teach him important skills and bits of wisdom that will stick with him for the rest of his life and allow him to be a good human being, get him into bed, oh and did I mention clean? That's only a portion of my day, but it's not too bad. I get to hang out with an awesome little person that does some pretty funny things from time to time.
After covering all that, I'm sure I sipped my way through a couple of glasses. Then the margaritas came out to play. The conversation seemed to take a bit of a turn with the change of beverages. It got more serious in tone. This is where I start getting informed of how I could change my life to better align with my mother's thoughts of what it should be, like moving closer to her. I don't think a six hour drive is too much. Besides, it could be worse, we could live farther away. So this is where I deflect to religion and politics. Those subjects really get my mother fired up and take some of the attention off me. Anyone that has family knows these family tactics. But, thanks to the sangrias and margaritas, it was a wonderful day with family and I should also mention....as a stay at home dad? I now appreciate my mom more than I ever knew I could.
Tim Hiller is a freelance writer that probably shouldn't drink sangrias and margaritas in the presence of family. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com