Chicken on a Bone on a Stick

After just having stopped over for a great visit last week, our good friend Ron took advantage of a couple slow days in his schedule to invite us out to lunch on Wednesday.  He took both Shannon and I down to Captain Jack’s in Sodus where we had a great lunch, and managed to stick to our healthy diet.  That is except for a few deep fried mac n cheese wedges…some things are rooted too deep for southerners to pass-up.

Throughout the entire meal we watched the rain come pouring down outside.  But amazingly, by the time we finished lunch it turned out to be a pretty nice day with occasional bursts of sunshine.  Perfect weather for a run around Sodus Point in Ron’s sporty PT Cruiser.
Even on a day with sun, weather conditions change quick once out on the lake.  The wind was whipping as we walked out on the Sodus Point pier and the choppy water was spraying across making a walk to the lighthouse impossible without a good raincoat.

Back on the Bay, shielded from the Lake, we found a much more tolerable atmosphere as we trespassed onto Ron’s friend’s cottage. With calmer winds, bluer skies, and warm sunshine, we kicked back for a while…maybe too long as we started to envision ourselves here living a life of crime more often.  Ron, thanks for a great afternoon.

Surprisingly, we find that we are just as busy now if not busier than when we were still working.  After a day down in Sodus, we headed directly across town to the McKays for dinner.  Jessica and Joe invited us over for one of our favorites, Thai food.  Not quite to the kids taste yet, but Abby wanted a similar experience so she mimicked chicken satay with her chicken wings.  Joe coined her new creation “chicken on a bone on a stick.”  Meanwhile Jack was nose deep in his cupcake.  Since we don’t have kids, we forget that sitting down to dinner is a much more lively experience with the munchkins.

Dinner morphed into family playtime as Jack and Abby were having a great time being swung back and forth through Jessica’s legs.  With all of the excitement, it wasn’t long before Joe was pushing his way to the front of the line.  Jessica is tough, she had Joe swinging back and forth too.

In anticipation of our visit, Jessica and Joe explained to the kids that I lost my leg in a way they could relate.  They also encouraged them to ask me if they had any questions about my surgery.  Kids are amazing as they are always extremely observant and say exactly what is on their mind.  Initially, they would glance in my direction seemingly looking for something different about me.  Then as they got comfortable with the Bret that they’ve known, a couple questions followed like “did it hurt?”  It’s been a learning experience to see how people of all ages respond to me and how to handle this response.

Another great day!  Thanks McKay family for an excellent meal and sharing so many laughs!  It’s nice having you guys in town so we can enjoy these get togethers in addition to Thanksgiving/Festivus.


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7 Responses to Chicken on a Bone on a Stick

  1. Carmel says:

    Greetings, Bret & Shan,

    ‘Just a quick late night note to say hello and to let you know that Bruce and I read your blog almost every day.

    We constantly think of you and keep you close to our hearts in our thoughts and prayers!


  2. Cousin Mike says:

    haha, you guys are like newly retired people who say “We’re so busy now; I don’t know how we ever had time to work, too”.
    Every teacher I know that retires says that… heck, at some points during the track season (winter & spring), I say that.

  3. Aaron says:

    Did you and Shannon take a turn on the swing?

    • Jessica says:

      Aaron – we decided that we should meet in FL to celebrate your AWESOME promotion and let you be the swing… Warning – Joe is heavier than he looks! (So says Joe. I can’t confirm or deny because I like being married to him, but he did almost break my arms.)

  4. Christine says:

    Thanks for the posting. I really enjoyed the visit!

  5. Carol burke says:

    So what do you say to posting recipes for the food that you are enjoying! You are making me drool!

  6. Jessica says:

    Bret & Shannon,

    We had so much fun with you guys! Thanks for making the trip so we didn’t have to worry about the kids trashing your house. Come by anytime for another round of interesting food choices… Doesn’t everything taste better served on a stick? 🙂

    Jessica, Joe, Abby & Jack

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