Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
I miss a fireplace. For the past 15 years, we had one in the house we rented on Crestwood in Fountain City. We had a fire every day when it was cold enough for one. Maybe even some days when it wasn't. Our neighborhood was full of trees and what wood we didn't bring from Elizabethton, we could usually find on the side of the road in our neighborhood.
There is something calming and soothing about a fire. Some mornings I would get up and John boy would be lying on the floor in front of the fireplace asleep. The floors were wood, so I don't know how he stood it, but he loved sleeping there.
We have some friends who had a fireplace in their bedroom but never used it! I think I could have one in every room!
To me, a fireplace says, peace, contentment, conversation, friends, It also says cozy. Cozy is important. My grandson Cal, doesn't think so though. To him cozy means taking a nap! When he was a little boy, and staying at my house during nap time, I would say, Caleb, let's get cozy. That would mean...let's lie down on the couch and take a nap. One day when I said that to him he looked at me and in his little 2 year old voice said "I don't wike you vewy much Prisha."
Playing was much more important to him than being cozy. I say we can have both. In fact, I have a fake fireplace in my living room now. So if you come to visit, chances are John boy will set up a game in front of it to "play" so that you can get the best of both worlds...being cozy and playing!
Have a cozy, playful day.