Special places doesn't always have to look grand or unique. Sometimes all it takes is a memory of an event to make a place stand out among other memories; it could even be as usual as an outdoor fire pit area. Below is my account on how that place and piece of outdoor furniture enriched my life and my children's lives as well.
When I was a nine-year old boy, I would always like to go camping with my friends. We'd sit in front of an outdoor fire pit and talk about the latest toy or cartoon episode one of us saw, tell really weird stories, and show off what we know of the latest news regarding our favorite comic book superhero. As time went on and we'd enter high school, we tended to go on dates with girls rather than sit and tell stories about G. I. Joe in front of the fire pit.
After graduation, suddenly life became a blur of work, eat, sleep, and back again--it got hectic pretty quick. Stress was gaining on me quick and I needed some downtime. I tried and almost done anything legal that'll make me feel relaxed and stress-free but it's either not working or it just takes too me much time away from my job. I racked my mind, as well as my friend's, on how to go about this--until my own two boys asked me if I wanted to join them on sleep over in our backyard.
For me that was my lightbulb moment. All this time I've been looking outside my home on how to take it easy, yet the answer was always here.
First thing we did was to make a list of things to bring with us in our backyard camping night out.
- Sleeping Bags
- Extra Batteries
- Mobile Phone
The outdoor firepit was a Sojoe Firepit from Outdora: one of their premier outdoor firepits. It was circular, elevated from the ground, and was colored in an earthly tone. The sides were designed with cut holes that were made to look like the moon and stars. There was a footrest that doubled as a safety ring which was a great way to safely warm our cold toes. When we fired it up it surely made the whole place warm and alight!
So there I was with my two boys sitting around the outdoor fire pit; talking about the craziest Youtube videos, silliest blog posts, and coolest online games. Eventhough they'll eventually grow up and have careers of their own, I hope they'll always remember the time we three spent together, enjoying the night away, around the outdoor fire pit. I know I will.