Monday, July 26, 2010

Post Party

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On Saturday, we hosted the end-of-race party for a group of letterboxers who had been participating in a two-day "Amazing Race." Everyone had a great time, both the cheering locals, and the road weary racers.

Robb and I cooked liked maniacs, making fresh backed bread, and all sorts of savory salads. (I cannot believe that I had never made a potato salad prior to this weekend.)

While I consider myself a decent host, I tend to be a bad guest at my own parties, because I'm trying to keep everything running smoothly. Although I filmed all the teams crossing the finish line, I totally failed to take any photographs.

So, instead, here's a photo from the same park, back in 2006. Robb is in the early stages of his recovery from his spinal cord injury. Has was home after his long stay in the hospital, and working on walking. He was in a lot of discomfort, and extremely weak. Tasks that most people would consider incredibly simple were huge, exhausting events. In this photo, he's wearing his full-torso body armor, and enjoying his first taste of laying on the grass. Back then, getting down our apartment stairs, driving to a park and having a simple picnic were major undertakings. And we savored every minute of these simple pleasures.

Things have gotten so much easier for us, since that time. But we've certainly changed our outlook on life. And honestly, we've found a kind of contentment that really surprises me.

7 comments:

Christine said...

How wonderful that despite all the rushing and cooking you had a chance to look back to see the progress you and Robb have made. Congratulations, you guys!

Stefaneener said...

That's very sweet. It's nice to look back and see how far he's come -- he was certainly pretty active at my place.

Grumpy Grinch said...

She was , indeed, a gracious host--insuring than everyone had a great time. The salads and crusty bread that she and Robb prepared were the hit of the show!

Grumpy

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I can't believe you'd never made a potato salad! Congratulations on making your first! :) It is interesting to see how our perspectives shift over time, especially after a struggle like you and Robb had to endure. So glad that things are better for you both now, and that you can look back and see how far you've both come.

Anonymous said...

That was your homemade potato salad? It was outstanding!

~~Doublesaj~~

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

We made all those big salads as well as the bread!

Sue KuKu said...

Will you be able to post films soon?

Delicious salads! Didn't know you had made them!

I have made German Potato Salad without bacon for a veggie friend -- it can be done.

~~still recovering tho at work~~

KuKu

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