The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


February 16, 2014

Happy for warmer weather at Estate

Just sitting here, waiting for spring to finally arrive ...

— As I write this on a Saturday morning, I am preparing to head out this afternoon to the birthday party for our granddaughter Vanessa, who just turned 1.

Vanessa has grown into a beautiful, dark-haired bundle of energy and a fitting partner in cuteness/mischief with her big sister (our other granddaughter) Lauryn, 6. We could not be more proud of our little angel.

— We at the Estate are certainly enjoying the recent run of warmer weather. It is great to get a break from all of the freezing cold and occasional wintry precipitation and it is nice to not have to wear a sweater to work every day. Although, I like to think I look really good in sweaters.

But with the arrival of some more spring-like conditions, it does make us all pine for activities which we can only enjoy outside.

I have been itching to get on the grill at the Estate, and also to take Jaylynn, 14, and Jason, 7, to the park. We all have had some serious cabin fever lately and could use some fresh air and sunshine ... even though I am dreading the imminent arrival of allergy season.

— Vida, my wife and the Majestic Monarch of Exterior Events at the Estate, has also been spending time gazing out the windows lately. Actually, she has spent time looking at magazines, books and catalogs at things which we can install outside the windows, in order to spruce up the front and back yards of the Estate.

Which means all of us will likely be getting plenty of sun and fresh air in the weeks ahead, as we labor lovingly on making the Estate even nicer than it is now.

— Jason simply wants to go swimming. The poor child must be suffering from some sort of chlorine deficiency, as it is all he talks about. Every time we drive by the Ja-Lu Pool, he insists that “it will be open this weekend, Daddy.”

No matter how I try to convince him that no, they usually don’t open the outdoor pools during December, January and February — even in Texas — Jason is stubborn enough to believe that the powers that be should make an exception for him.

I made a mistake of mentioning to him that I attended the ground breaking ceremony this week for the Splash Kingdom water park, which is being built here in Greenville.

“Is it open now?” Jason asked hopefully.

“No, not until summer,” I replied.

“Will you take me swimming there this weekend?” Jason inquired, undeterred.

I again explained that summer means beyond this weekend, or next. The poor child almost fainted with exasperation when I mentioned that it would be about four months or so before we could visit there. There was another pause.

“Why does it have to take so long?” Jason cried.

Like I said, we are ready for some warmer weather around here ...

Just a thought ...

Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer

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