I was sitting in one of my favorite spots this morning and noticed the sun shining onto the floor through the back door. I only noticed it because it’s the weekend and I was there on the love seat, sipping my 2nd cup
of coffee. On other days, I’m already at work by the time the sun comes through the grids on the door and makes this diamond shaped design on our bamboo floors.
But on the weekends I can sit and sip my coffee and read for as long as I like. I don’t have to be anywhere at a particular time. I move slower on these days……at soul-speed. The kind of pace that allows me to notice the way the sun is shining, and the leaves are changing, and the path the neighbor’s dog follows in the mornings. At soul-speed I can ponder things until they’re pondered out. At this pace I can have a nice long conversation with my husband and throw the ball with our dog for 30 minutes and make pancakes for the kids when they wake up.
At soul-speed, I catch up with myself.
My “to do” list for the weekend wasn’t long.
- Go to the grocery store. Like the “load down the cart” kind. Done. My husband does a lot of this lately but my family says I do it better.
- Actually do something with the food I buy at the grocery store and cook a great meal. Done. This made my family very happy.
- Finish addressing our son’s graduation announcements. Done.
- Reconcile our bank account. Done. And to the penny…..in an Excel spreadsheet. I love it. I’m an accountant, people.
- Trim the hedge and cut the dead branch out of the cedar tree. Done. My husband finished this because he’s taller.
- Post on my blog. There’s no “done” here.
On my drive to work this morning, I was thinking of the one thing that I hadn’t checked off the weekend “to do” list. It bothered me terribly. It didn’t matter that I’d accomplished way more than what was on the list.
I cooked and cleaned. I visited the neighbors, talked with my kids, and washed five loads of clothes.
I played with the dog, trained to increase my 5K speed, pulled weeds, and watched two great movies.
Piled the clothes in front of the appropriate doors so the owners would put the clothes away.
I laughed with my husband.
Had a nice lunch with my mother-in-law on Mother’s Day.
I did hundreds of things this weekend. But all I could think about was the one thing undone. My blog.
I want to write. But I can’t push “pause” on every other part of my life so I can blog. I do close myself off in my room to write but the interruptions come. I’m distracted. My son has a question. My daughter’s boyfriend comes to visit. My husband wants me to look at something. And then I stop my writing to be with them.
I’m still a wife and mother. A friend and a mentor. A sister. An employee.
But if I could just post something……anything on my blog.
Then I could check off the last thing on my list.
Well, here it is:
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Those Dishes Won’t Do Themselves.”