I had a pretty terrific Saturday.
Heidi and I recently moved. As is the nature of moving, we got about 90% of everything settled the way we wanted it - the bedrooms, the kitchen, the living room, and (recently) the office. What had gone untouched, however, was the garage. Our new neighborhood covenant forbids having a shed or barn in the backyard, so we were a little strapped for storage space of the types of things that ordinarily would be stored in a shed; toys, Christmas decorations, old college textbooks and miscellaneous keepsakes and the like were stored in the garage. I had it cleaned up enough that one vehicle could be parked inside, but as colder weather descended on central Indiana, I knew that I needed to address the garage.
This weekend, Dad and I went to Lowe's and bought sheets of plywood and went into my attic and laid a floor. The design of the attic didn’t allow for us to create quite the sprawling storage space we had envisioned, but after about three hours, we had established about 100 square feet of space for all the accumulated things. Dad left, and I sorted through the mess of the garage.
The timing was perfect - we woke up on Sunday morning to accumulated snow on the ground (not much, just a dusting, but it was nice that I didn’t need to go preheat and brush off a vehicle before heading out today). There’s still some organization that needs to be done, but I’m in good shape for winter, and I’ll deal with sorting the rest of the detrius in the spring.
Saturday night, after The Great Garage Cleanse of 2014, Heidi and I joined some friends of ours for dinner and a night at the theatre: The Fellowship for the Performing Arts performed C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” at Clowe's Hall in Indianapolis.
The presentation was a little different than what I expected (what it was, exactly, that I was expecting, I don’t really know); there were three actors who played a total of 19 different characters, acting out scenes from the book as well as narrating to the audience at times. TGD is my favorite Lewis novel; I often tell people that if they are going to begin reading Lewis, they should read TGD last, because it is his best, and all of his other excellent works are less enjoyable because of it (this is my opinion, and if you disagree, please, email someone else).
Some of my favorite scenes were presented in the play - the man who doesn’t want “The Bleeding Charity”, only his rights; the woman who loves her own child even more than God Himself and would rather live with her child in Hell than to enter into Heaven without him; the man who was burdened by a lizard that grows more and more powerful as it feeds on him, before he finally allows one of the Solid Men from Heaven to destroy the lizard and turn it into a powerful horse, thereby taking what kept him from entering Heaven and turning it into the means by which he could enter.
Seeing the play took away some of the subtlety of the novel, which is both to be expected and a little disappointing. I’ve read the book dozens of times and twice led discussions on it with book clubs, so I feel like I have good understanding of it. I enjoyed the play, though some of the accents were a bit cheesy, and as I left, there were things I spent the ride home mulling over in my mind.
It was a very pleasant, productive Saturday. I hope yours was, as well.