The Gate

“WHY ARE YOU KEEPING THIS CURIOSITY DOOR LOCKED?” - Dustin 

First of all, I have a huge workload ahead of me and I’m on a tight deadline, so I won’t be able to spend a lot of time here. But I just have to write some stuff out of my head before it starts cracking the container. It’s been a long time since I’ve made an entry and if I don’t take a minute to do this, who knows when it’ll be before I find time to do it again.

I finished season two of Stranger Things last night, on my one year anniversary with Rebecca. Needless to say, it was an emotional day for me. I can’t believe it’s already been a year with this girl, and at the same time, I definitely feel the movement of the year. Time is so weird now. Oliver seemed to be very active yesterday, kicking and squirming around in Becca’s belly. I think the little guy is a fan of Halloween. Maybe he’ll fall in line with his father in that respect. Which is super cool, but I’m sure that he’ll love Christmas too, Becca…don’t worry.   

There was a moment last night, while watching the last episode of Stranger Things… we were all three cozied up on the couch, and there was this moment when the story was coming to a close at the Snow Ball at Hawkins Middle School – and I’m not going to give you any spoilers – but yeah, I felt this feeling overwhelm me. I didn’t even know what it was at first, but it was clearly love. Love for so many things…it was pretty bitchin'.

I’m not sure how to explain it, but I just had had a great evening handing candy out to trick ‘r treaters and thinking about how cool it’s going to be when we get to take little Oliver out trick ‘r treating when he’s old enough. I had this amazing and beautiful woman lying in my lap that seems to genuinely love me for who I am, and we had just made it to the end of this epic and awe-inspiring Sci-Fi that I started a year ago.

Despite the stress in my life, which currently I could compare to The Mind Flayer, I love where I’m at right now. I feel like this is where I’m meant to be at this moment and this is all a part of the reason that I came back from the upside down nearly a decade ago. You might not believe that this is all a part of something bigger than us and that we’re here doing what we do for reasons beyond us, but stranger things have happened.   

-  Jared C. Shumate