Years ago YA announced that her life would be considerably happier if we had a fire pit. Having bonfires was a big deal in her peer group when she was in high school; if we had a fire pit, she could have friends over and life would be good.
I wasn’t particularly in favor of this, but we looked around. Luckily this search got mentioned at my BFF’s house one night and she (my BFF) got all excited. THEY had a fire pit that they didn’t use and had been thinking of getting rid of. Did we want it? YA wasn’t enthusiastic (as it wasn’t brand-spanking new) but she realized quickly that there was no way I was going to go out and spend a bunch of cash when something free was sitting right there. So we hauled it home and she cleaned it up – voila!
Of course, the number of times it got used for her friends coming over amounted to just once. I was pretty clear about no alcohol at our house and this was enough of a dis-incentive to her friends. YA has never been a drinker but the crowd she ran with in high school apparently imbibed frequently (at least this is what she told me). Our house was never a big hang-out house because of this and the backyard was just a continuation of that.
But now that we’re stuck at home, she has made it her mission to burn all the little sticks and old straw and small logs that have cluttered up the back of our yard for a while. We’ve had a succession of fires now, always in the afternoon after we’ve done yardwork. She does all the work – paper, kindling. lighter. Then she does all the fire maintenance as well, adding more sticks, blowing on it, poking it. All I have to do is sit and enjoy. I figure it’s going to take quite a few more bonfires to get everything cleared up and I’m looking forward to every one!
Anything you’ve started doing again in quarantine?