Getting a chance to enjoy the little things

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At the major risk of sounding trite, it really is the little things that matter.

About a week or two ago, I packed up my bags, threw them in my Chevy and headed north. It was time to go home and recharge my batteries, so to speak.

It was a battle getting out of Indianapolis on a Friday afternoon, and anyone who is familiar with I-65 will tell you, it wasn’t going to get much better. The interstate is nothing but the following:  irritating drivers (I was probably one of them, let’s be honest), nothing to look at until after Lafayette when sparse farm land transforms into sparse farm land covered by windmills and two-and-a-half hours to sit and ponder.

Until entering Lake County – the so-called “Region.”

I joke that it’s the only place in Indiana that I can get shot today, die tomorrow and still vote in November’s election.

But its home. And, for the record, relatively safe in my neck of the woods.

And with being home, came those little things. Mom and Dad were around, of course, and I managed to see both of the other Domsic children, Kristen and Darla. I can’t say I’m surprised that at least two of the three of us converged on the Domsic household for dinner that night.

Looking around, and thinking about it, the little stuff like getting to share a meal with family again and getting a chance to see my dad’s completed handiwork on our newly-renovated back patio made the almost-three-hour-long-gas-guzzling trip up north worth it alone.

I wasn’t completely away from Fishers, though. I sat in my favorite chair in my parents’ living room with two highlighters, a steady supply of Coca Cola and the print out of the most frequently asked questions the Town of Fishers receives about the big vote in November. It took all afternoon, but it didn’t feel like a chore sitting in the space that I studied in for so many AP tests, finals and other things that seemed so stressful while growing up.

Keeping those little things in mind and being able to enjoy them makes the heaviest task quite a bit lighter.

As always, mosey over to Hearthstone Coffee House and Pub on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. if you’d like to chat with me. The local café is just west of the municipal circle.


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