Positivity Index: Old Friends Edition

Here are some of the good things that happened this week:

First and foremost, my Texas family is all safe and sound. Most of them are in Austin, but my father-in-law and his wife live in Bay City on the coast. They drove up to Austin to wait out Harvey, and it turns out that their house is just fine. My brother-in-law and his family were all in Louisiana visiting his wife’s family, and they drove back a couple days after landfall and got waylaid in Houston due to the flooding. One hotel stay later and they’re back home in Austin as well, so we’re all very thankful that worked out well. I can’t begin to wrap my heart around the stories and images coming out of Houston.

The rest of the week seems like kids’ stuff compared to that, in some cases literally, but the point of these posts is just to inject some positivity into the world so here we go!

In the beginning of the week I got to spend time with one of my oldest friends, Ty, who was in town for a conference for a couple days. We haven’t seen each other for actual years, thanks to life and families and moving, so it was great to pick up where we left off. He’s been a part of my inner circle since we met in Mrs. Gray’s homeroom class the beginning of sixth grade. Here’s a picture of him doing what he does best, carefully deliberating over baked goods:

After Ty left I got to see my cousin Mike, again someone I haven’t seen in years. He got to meet Del and catch me up on the family, and he told me a story about my dad, Del’s namesake, I hadn’t heard before. We have a vinyl copy of the soundtrack to Stand By Me, Amy’s favorite movie, on our wall. He said when that came out he loved the soundtrack too, and one time at my grandmother’s house he told Dad about this album he was listening to. He told him all the tracks and Dad said “that’s all stuff I grew up on, let’s go out to your car to listen to it.” So they cruised around Greenbrier, Dad’s hometown, listening to music from his childhood while he pointed out to Mike all the old places he used to hang out and the history of the town.

In baby Del news, he’s sitting up really well now and generally engaging with the world, so we get to do things with him. We’ve taken him to Central Park a few times, awake for a change, and he’s enjoyed his first playground swing. We’ve taken advantage of the mild weather and spent time there and on the Hudson. Since he’s sitting up it makes for better photo ops too:

And we’re in a swim class! Del loves the water and it’s a really fun thing to do with him. I never took swimming lessons so I’m glad we’re starting early with him.

And we finally, finally got a jogging stroller on Craigslist. I took Del down to the West Village yesterday morning to pick it up, wearing my running gear, and after inflating the tires at a gas station we hit the Hudson River Greenway and ran home. It was glorious. Every time I ran down the river or in Central Park since finding out Amy was pregnant over a year ago, I’ve imagined spending time in the park with Del or jogging with him and now those things are finally happening.

Non-baby-Del news: we finished the first season of GLOW this week and I enjoyed it. It was a slow start and overall it didn’t blow me out of the water, but it had a ton of heart and I found myself pulling so hard for the women to make their show happen. I’m looking forward to the next season.

Colin Fisher is many things to many people, but mostly he’s an actor and writer.

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