Friday, July 24, 2009

IT WAS A GREAT EVENING

Last night, Tito and I attended a free Colorado Symphony concert at Cheesman park. The night was beautiful, a few clouds so the sunset was spectacular. The park is so green because of all the rains we have had this year. Usually the grass isn't looking this lush in the middle of the summer. There were quite a few people, but not so many that you felt crowded. People brought chairs, blankets, picnic suppers, babies and dogs.

The sun was behind the trees and buildings so it wasn't too warm. We got there early and ate our dinner and watched people. It was a lot of fun.

I love this park, it is one of my favorites. In my early teenage years, my sister lived a couple blocks from this park and I spent quite a bit of time there because her daughters are so close to my age. Back then, in the summer, musicals would be presented at the park in the summer. Much like this concert, it was free and people would come with their picnic baskets and enjoy the show. My nieces and I would come over in the afternoon to stake out our spot, spend the afternoon playing games and wait until our parents would come after work with our picnic. One year it took us a week to see all of Sound of Music because it was rained out several nights in a row. I have seen the first act of Sound of Music many many times.

I thought this booth was so funny, I just had to take a picture of it. They were allowing the kids to pick up the instruments and try them out.
The music was beautiful. I love the symphony and they played Tchaikovsky - one of my favorite composers. The night was sponsored by Target and they handed out tote bags, bug spray and chap stick, popcorn and free Starbucks coffee. This is one of Tito's favorite things - free entertainment and goodies! But the highlight of the evening was this woman.

Tito walked from the car with his crutches because we didn't bring his ATV chair and this one is not easy to push on the grass. This women came up to him and just told him he was such an inspiration and joy to watch the way he dealt with his handicap. They talked and discovered they were both cancer survivors and drank a toast L'Chaim (to life).
It made me stop and think about just how remarkable Tito is. I get so used to seeing him doing things and seeing his determination to find ways to do things, I sometimes forget how hard it is for him and how he very seldom gives up. He cleans our house from his wheelchair including steam cleaning our carpets. He digs holes for plants in the garden. He rides his motorcycle with the wheelchair strapped on the back. He irons, he cooks, he goes to the grocery store, he takes walks on his crutches with Rocco to get the mail. He uses the snow blower to clear the driveway, he changes the oil on the cars and washes them. He is an inspiration and I need to remember that more often.
IT WAS A GREAT EVENING!

4 comments:

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, What an incredible man! I didn't realize he was a cancer survivor-facing such a life threatening challenge makes us appreciate life more! So you've been to Bruce's? Are you living that close to me and I don't know it?
Where was the concert? If you are nearby I think we may need to meet for coffee sometime soon. Can't believe all the rain we are having.
Have a blessed evening.
Noreen

grammy said...

It does look like a wonderful time indeed. Those veggies look great too. Keep enjoying the summer. It is rainy right now, but oh well.

Love Being a Nonny said...

WOWW!!! He is truly the ZIG to your Zag! Thank you for the comment on my blog. What an inspiration your hubby is!

Anonymous said...

My dad IS amazing! He's pretty much the best person in the whole wide world. I'm glad you two had fun at the park. I've been riding the bike there-good times.