Today, I used the front door of my house for the first time in a while.
It’s a disaster!
Paint peeling. Porch flooring falling apart. Two rocking chairs faded and blistered. That porch, including the floor, trim, doors, are all less than three years old! I guess that’s what happens when it’s exposed to ultraviolet rays from sunrise to sunset.
My plan was to have the porch floor replaced and porch painted back in the early fall. I purchased a power washer, paint, materials and got as far as unpacking the power washer. That project, two months later, is still undone.
My fall calendar reveals the mystery.
Orlando, Florida for a weekend business conference. My son’s wedding. (the nerve) A trip to Grenada for another conference. Client showings. (darn customers)
Looking back at my life, I’ve plenty of undone, well intended goals. Porch projects you might say.
This pattern of undone “porch projects” started when I became a father.
Basketball sign-ups, practices, and games meant the house wasn’t as clean as it could be. Baseball season meant my grass was taller than my neighbor’s. Soccer tournaments meant my gutters were neglected.
Something changes in you when you become a parent, your work, although important, gets put in its proper place–not first, but a solid second.
My houses might not have ever been perfect, but I rarely missed a game, or recital, or school award ceremony.
Here’s to porch projects to remind us of what’s important.