Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Maple Leaf Christmas


Leo's easy to buy for. And I buy for him rather than make for him as his mental age is 12. He keeps my house running beautifully. The stuff I would be reluctant to learn. At my age we know our skill sets. And I have many. But the sawing of wood and the drawing of water are not amongst my talents.

He has an undying passion for the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Team. A totally losing team. And before a game starts on TV, he dons it all before he sits down to watch: the hat, the jersey, the pants. All logoed.

I've managed, over the 10 years I've employed him, to endow him with Maple Leaf gear: the watch, a bed blanket, coffee mugs, a rack, etc. I am running out of items to get him. Each gift is met with a joy beyond bounds. This year Daughter tracked down a wreath, a wreath with two Maple Leaf snowmen in the middle - see above. It came in a big box. When I gave it to him, I was reminded of my own childhood Christmases. The longed for teddy. The books. The fresh supply of building bricks. My brother's first train set. Magic.

Leo takes care of all my wood. He harvests it up on my back woodlot, he brings it down to the meadow in his ATV trailer. He chainsaws it, he makes the splits, he stacks it in the barn. He makes sure my indoor woodbox is always full. He cleans out the chimney every 3 months, top to bottom. He mows my lawn, he takes care of the sheds.

He is indispensable. And he teaches me all the time.


For instance, the other day my fire just wouldn't light. I am too rushed at times. He showed me what his father had shown him and what his father had shown him......you get two splits. You place them in the sign of the cross over the struggling fire. And bingo! the fire starts up in a beautiful blaze.


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10 Comments:

Anonymous nick said...

There's a man with a serious obsession. If the team ever disbanded, he'd be heart-broken!

Very handy to have a plentiful supply of firewood and a chimney-sweep. That makes winter a lot easier to deal with!

Sun Dec 22, 02:09:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Irene said...

Maybe you can get Leo excited about another sport's team and start buying their paraphernalia. Or would that be too hard for him to deal with? He must feel like a real prince being able to help you out so well. He has probably found his true calling.

Sun Dec 22, 02:53:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Grannymar said...

A perfect partnership. Long may Leo live! Glad you got the stove going and learned a new trick.

Sun Dec 22, 03:07:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I smile and thankful you have Leo.
Does he have a twin
who lives near
Tennessee and Kentucky.
If he does
I will adopt him :)
Take care
special online friend..

Sun Dec 22, 05:20:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Maggie May said...

You are lucky to have Leo.
That log fire looks cosy!
Have a very Happy Christmas.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Mon Dec 23, 08:29:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an absolute treasure - we all need a Leo in our life for those hard-to-do jobs.

Thanks for the grand tip about getting the fire bright again.

Mon Dec 23, 12:31:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Linda P. said...

I followed the links back and read your previous "Leo" posts. A child in my extended family struggles with multiple challenges that sometimes bring her taunts. It's hard to understand people in this world, sometimes.

Mon Dec 23, 09:23:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Molly said...

Happy Christmas to you WWW and to Leo too!

Tue Dec 24, 08:05:00 PM GMT-3:30  
Anonymous Rummuser said...

Thank God for all the Leos of the world. I have a couple of them in my life and I would be lost without them.

Wed Dec 25, 10:59:00 AM GMT-3:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Namaste.

XO
WWW

Wed Dec 25, 07:40:00 PM GMT-3:30  

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