“It’s not enough to reach the treasure, one must bring it back.” – Roger Lipsey
I’m a collector of words and music. I find them in the wild and then bring them back in quotes and playlists. Perhaps that’s enough for the blog or drinks with friends, but I have all the other treasure that I’ve found that deserves another format. That treasure I keep polishing and dodging and returning to again. That treasure needs to be brought back. That treasure nags me like the Arc of the Covenant burning through the box in Raiders of the Lost Ark. It wants to get out there. Quit dodging.
This weekend, in an exercise in futility, I’ve cleaned the oak catkins out of the pool over and over again. I’ve taken a leaf blower and blown them off the deck and off the driveway. I’m being mocked by oak trees each time the wind blows and the sky fills with more catkins floating down onto just-cleaned surfaces and into the pool. I contemplate the wisdom of putting a pool on the edge of this tree orgy, and grab the skimmer yet again. Maybe the chainsaw would be the better tool… but I’m committed to what was here before me. The next owner of this house will someday have to make the same choice. I wish them well.
Weekends are filled with time sucks like catkin cleanup and lawn care and an endless task list. Weekdays offer their own time commitments. All of this is my choice. But I the treasure won’t wait indefinitely. I can hear it calling me even now. What’s this? Catkin cleanup?! Time isn’t your friend, and I want to be set free. I’ll honor the call – promise – but first I need to clean out the pool skimmers. And take some allergy medicine. But the treasure grows impatient, like a jilted lover looking for another partner to dance with. Quit dodging already.