“Is it lunchtime already? It feels like I just ate breakfast. Checking my watch and it was 1 o’clock.
I walked into the kitchen with Maria, “Dad, how many dogs can we get?”
“How many? I thought you were talking about one dog.”
“Well, everyone wants their own dog, except Chris. He wants one big enough to ride.” The boys laughed except Chris. There was that fear in his face again.
“Maybe Chris would prefer a horse instead of a dog.”
Then the bargaining began, “Chris, you can play with my dog if I can ride your horse.”
I hadn’t said yes to a dog or horse. “Let’s enjoy Gram’s lunch. Then we can take a walk. I want to check out our property.” Although I bought this place several years ago, I bought it for the house and never really checked the property.
Now the discussions turned to the walk. “We can check out that glass building behind the garage.”
“What glass building?”
“There is a building made out of glass. Come, we will show you.” I followed the boys, and as we rounded the corner of the garage, there was a building.
I didn’t know that that building was there. I wondered what else is on the property. “I didn’t know that was there. It’s called a conservatory and was used to grow flowers and small trees. I guess you all have a job now to clean it up.”
“Can we grow things there?”
“You all pitch in and clean it up, and I’ll take you to a nursery where you can but plants and trees. I suggest you measure the space so you’ll know how many plants you can buy and where you want to put them. The soil there might need some attention as well. Have fun.”
They forgot about the dogs for the time being, but I knew it would come up again. We continued our walk. At the northern end of the property, there were some large trees. We walked into the trees. It was quite cool, the ground was moist, and I knew if we looked, we should see mushrooms. As we walked further, I realized that boys and trees have an attraction. I could hear them talking about a treehouse or building a swing. They were enjoying the walk, and so was I.
Returning home, Maria asked them about their walk. I listened as they told her about the conservatory and the trees. “Maybe you can find a place to plant a kitchen garden.”
That started a whole new conversation. I listened for a while, then took a cup of coffee and headed to my office. About an hour later, Maria came into the office, “I think the boys are hungry, so I am fixing an early supper. They can have a snack before going to bed.”
That was okay with me. I needed to work on the Brussels’ case. It was a strange case in that the participants were involved in crimes against their country. I have prosecuted and defended clients in these international courts before. This time I was defending a case that involved freedom of religion.