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My sister is living with me now and so is my 19th month old nephew. It is nice having them stay with me for a while as now that I have a big house there were times before they moved in that it seemed rather empty. Not that it was a big deal as I constantly had things to do around the house, but it is nice having them there.

Yesterday though, I made my first Toddler Mistake – I left a blue sharpie on the table. I felt like going for a long 20+ mile bike ride in the heat in order to burn off a few thousand calories. I left my sister a note on the table and left the sharpie right next to it and set off on my 3 hour ride. When I returned my sister was standing in the kitchen with a look like someone had just been murdered – or was about to be.

“Eddie” She said my name with a tinge of regret, “I’m so sorry, you won’t believe what Aiden did to your couch..”

If you don’t know about my beloved couch then you may not know that it is from Pottery Barn and is a $3500 sectional that I got on sale for $1055 dollars. It is a dream couch, one of my most prized possesions, but alas, it is only a couch.

So I went into the living room and saw that there were five long blue lines on the arm rest of the couch. It wasn’t as bad as I expected and I really wasn’t that upset. I was mostly exhausted from my bike ride. Precious and I used various chemicals to remove the blue marker and now it is barely visible – I don’t think most people would even notice it, you actually have to look for it to see if it is there. However, the blue mark on the fireplace and the designs on the dining room windows are still there – something I didn’t notice until last night while Precious and Aiden were at the grocery store.

The funny thing is that my sister felt really bad, but she shouldn’t. I don’t think she remembers but she has a lot of built up equity with me as she took care of me for 6 months when I was going to school. She paid for me to go on a cruise with her, help me get new tires for my truck, gave me $1000 dollars once for spending money and the list goes on and on…

What is more, getting to spend time with her and Aiden is priceless. For the last 16 years I haven’t gotten to spend much time with her and life is like that, you get busy, you make your own friends and sometimes family gets pushed to the side.  Now I’m getting an opportunity to make up for some lost time and if it costs me a couch, it’s well worth it. You can’t put a price on quality time.

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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