"...you've never been in the dark with a mosquito”
Interesting things happen when you feel small. The world seems huge, and the tasks at hand often look like mountains despite them being mole hills. Here’s the thing though, a problem is a problem no matter the size. And everything plays into a larger narrative, we are in some ways all connected and feeling small has a way of showing you that.
I’ve recently been watching Tiny World on Apple TV+ and loving it. For those unfamiliar, it is a nature documentary narrated by Paul Rudd and it explores the world through small creatures eyes and experiences. It’s amazing to watch and quite honestly a good watch for the entire family. What strikes me is how absolutely crucial the tiniest of things in our world are even to species much larger. Do not forget, the work that you do as an adult, co-worker, parent, or spouse ABSOLUTELY MATTERS no matter how small it seems.
It's that time of year when everyone is looking for fall activities. My wife is seemingly a renowned expert on all of central Ohio's pumpkin patches, but a few weeks ago, we spent a morning at one we haven't visited before and that just happens to be close to our house. Somehow we had never made the trip.
Freeman's Farm certainly checks all of the boxes. We were able to select a pumpkin from a vast supply. We treated the animals in the petting pin to snacks, while we feasted on kettle corn and hot dogs. We opted for the 20-minute hayride through the wooded property, which didn't feel like it was adjacent to I-71. The market was well stocked, and the crowd wasn't huge. Maybe this is still one of the lesser known fall destinations in town? Either way, I highly recommend.
That same Saturday, we spent our evening at Henmick Farm & Brewery. In my opinion, central Ohio has been in need of a destination like this for some time. For you city dwellers, it's definitely a hike but well worth the trip. Every beer I tried is delicious, and the space is what you'd expect: it's a farm. Copious seating around multiple fire pits (this was one of the first cool evenings of the fall) paired with plenty of open spaces for kids to play. Inside the Ohio State football game played, while an awesome bluegrass band played outside. They don't serve food, but we ordered takeout pizza from nearby Kilbourne Market and brought it in, which we were all surprisingly delighted by. If you're interested in visiting Henmick, I recommend checking out their Instagram first, as they do a great job sharing what activities (which include kids stuff) and entertainment they have lined up for the weekend ahead.
All in all, it was a great fall Saturday in central Ohio spent with the family.
Boy Meets World may be one of the greatest television series ever produced. Yes I said it, prove me wrong.
For our inaugural Tune-Up Tuesday, I have chosen one of my favorite lines ever written, which appeared in a classic episode of the show. At first glance, you may be confused, isn’t this series supposed to be uplifting? Yes, my dear friend it is, and it will be, just hold on. I want to point out that there is a nugget of positivity in the phrase: "life's tough, get a helmet."
It is easy to find yourself buying into the lie that life has to be easy to be good. Tough times are not fun, but they are a part of life. They build character, resilience and uncover strengths you didn’t know you had.
My dear friend, hold on, buckle up and get ready, because life is a crazy wild ride full of bumps, bruises, highs, and lows. Instead of wallowing in the negativity, find your helmet, and march on Dadass.
CBUS Dads is a community of central Ohio area dads balancing an active lifestyle with being an involved parent. A Saturday for us may involve enjoying morning t-ball, lunch at a new local spot and an evening at a summer festival with our families. We may live downtown, in the suburbs or somewhere between, but our common thread is that we continue to experience the community we love - now as parents.