We had unscrewed the cap of the bathroom sink to clean out build up because it was clogged. Asher, my six-year old was screwing it back on with a wrench when he looked up at me and said, matter-of-factly,
"This is what I am going to do."
When you know, you know.
It's said about spouses but it's also true of vocations. A light goes off in the recesses of the all of that is you that says,
"Yes, this is it. This is what I am going to do."
Asher has been my self-professed "Worker man" since he's been old enough to talk.
Before he was two, he would ask for a "hammar" before bed. He'd cuddle it in his crib like a stuffy toy.
At 3 when we tried to drop him off to Montessori preschool he screamed bloody murder. On day four of the screamfest the kind lady running the program was open to letting us bring in a predrilled stump filled with nails in order that Asher could hammer them in - he was good to go then.
It's a beautiful thing.
People, doing That Thing.
You've seen it, I'm sure.
Someone in their element.
Where it's as natural as breathing for them. When you see someone fully alive, doing That Thing they love, I don't think it's too much of a stretch to say there's evidence of the Divine.
"Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour." Psalm 8:5
It's our calling.
The lot of us.
One day I was building a path through our backyard (this was before we moved to the farm) and Asher and I carted three trailer loads of pea stone together - shoveling each and unloading each by hand. He didn't miss a beat. He was out with his little plastic shovel - he was only 3 at the time - and shoveled with me all day long.
Not long after that I wrote the first book, Little Digger.
Asher, like many three-year-old boys, had a hard time sitting still through a book. I thought a book about a digger that overcomes his fears, works hard, and saves his home while impressing his dad was a good bet to keep his attention.
Once I had the first story written, siblings were quickly getting jealous so it meant I needed to write four more - and fast. That's the story of how Little Digger and this project came about. I thought I'd share a bit of me reading it with so you get the sense of it. It's got a bit of "The Little Engine that Could" but with a strong father-son theme.
We're aiming to have them printed in time for Father's Day, if the Kickstarter goes well.
I would really appreciate your support.