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Refurbishing the Old~ In this case, a wagon......but it has broader implications :)

Sunday, June 08, 2014

I have two beautiful grandchildren. My grandson turned 1 year old on Friday. My son and daughter-in-law had a wonderful party for family to celebrate.
Some months back, I found the old Radio Flyer Town and Country wagon that belonged to our three boys buried in our tractor garage. It was really beaten up, but I thought it could be salvaged for my grandson. (note: I had hand painted my son's old rocking chair for my granddaughter when she turned 1) Well, the wagon project required that my husband participate, as the base needed to be completely rebuilt. We have no experience with this kind of thing, but we have imagination, persistence, and determination. After several weeks of disassembling, sanding, pounding, taping, re-taping, varnishing, painting, and reassembling.......we finished the wagon. The wagon was transformed with love, time, sweat, and work. I even found an old picture of my two oldest boys in the wagon with some neighbor kids 33 years ago.

It was a hit and so appreciated. I'm posting a few pictures because I was asked to do so by a few Spark friends.

But, for us, the message is more profound. My husband and I are in our early/mid sixties and did not always take great care of ourselves. About 15 years ago I began a clean up and restoration of my body, mind, and soul. He has followed the "clean up" plan, as well. We are refurbishing and restoring ourselves on a daily basis. The message? You are never too old or beaten up to make changes with love, hard work, persistence, and determination.

The wagon refurbishing was a fun and joyful experience for us both.
Our personal refurbishing is also fun and joyful, if we chose to make it so! And we do!

Have a healthful, happy, and loving week, everyone!

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  • IMEMINE1
    emoticon for the great blog. You both look so happy and healthy and you can see the love caring in your smiles.
    Beautiful grand kids. Great job.
    1454 days ago
  • SHARIBEAR2
    You have such a wonderful way of sharing inspirational truths. We are all "works in process", that is for sure. So happy for all the positives in your lives! emoticon
    1500 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Leslie and Chris, with Your wonderful Grand Kids!!
    LOVE your Pictures emoticon emoticon Thank You for Sharing.. Great SMILES!!
    A Pretty Dark RED!!
    Very NICELY, PAINTED!!
    You and Chris, Cleaned up and Repaired. MADE the Radio Flyer Town and Country Wagon LIKE New Again!!
    And You have worked Hard to make your Health BRIGHTER and with it, LIFE Long HAPPINESS!!
    emoticon Beautifully Done!!





    1501 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    You are such an inspiration to me!
    I'm going through a rough time, but I find strength while sharing this journey with you.
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    1501 days ago
  • MAESTRAPLANK12
    Oh my...what a talented artist you are. I am so amazed at this project and its incredible results. You and Chris worked hard on this. I know your children and grandchildren are forever grateful. You passed on a legacy to them. And.....yep we are still refurbishing ourselves daily! Thank you for posting these great pics!
    1501 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That wagon looks great. What cute cute kids. You and your husband look happy and in great health. I applaud your efforts to restore your health in both of your lives. I am in the 60s and am trying to do the same. Your 15 years of hard work is paying off!

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    1501 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    Wow, the wagon looks amazing!
    I imagine it will bring up fond memories of your son's childhood, and give the feeling of being loved and cared for in the grandkids.

    The restoration you and your husband did on yourselves is wonderful.
    Enjoy your healthy bodies and good life together!
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    PS: in our city zoo there are similar wagons (not this lovely bright red, just plain wood) for the small kids, and they love traveling in them : )
    1501 days ago
  • POSITIVEHOPE
    Yes! We can't help aging, but I can control HOW we age! Now how about a blog about falling off the wagon.
    1501 days ago
  • -WISPY-
    Oh Leslie, thanks for sharing this. The wagon is just beautiful and so many wonderful memories as these little ones and then their little ones grow up.

    It is great to read that you and your DH are still happy and growing after all these years. It is so true, it is never to late to begin. ;o) And your joy is clear for emoticon us all to see.
    1501 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    Wow, what a wonderful project and parable. I know the wagon will be appreciated and loved by another generation. How wonderful to give your grandson something he will be able to give to his own child. And you are so right; we are all salvageable and renewable; there is redemption for each of us if we are only willing to do the work. ((hugs))
    1501 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    AW THAT IS SO NEAT LESLIE............. WHAT A WONDERFUL JOB ON THE WAGON......... AND JUST HOW IT WAS BUILT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM BOTH YOU AND CHRIS WORKING TOGETHER........... AND HOW WE ARE BUILDING OUR BODIES MINES AND SOLES FROM TOP TO BOTTOM......... THIS WAS SUCH A GREAT BLOG.... THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE PICTURE OF THE WAGON AND GRAND KIDS...... emoticon I'M JUST SO HAPPY FOR YOU MY FRIEND..........
    1501 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Lovelovelove this!
    Thank you so much for sharing this wise lesson you and your dear man have learned and live by.
    You all look so happy-
    and you deserve every minute of it!
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    1502 days ago
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