Sunday, November 20, 2011

These People

I have a snippet of poetry that hangs on my fridge. It's near a picture of Chicken (the cat) while he was in his Marlon Brando phase, lounging about in my mom's bathroom sink. I leave it there to remind me of the pleasure of indolence, the necessity for it.
Chicken in Marlon Brando phase

I meant to do my work today, but a brown bird sang in
the apple tree, and a butterfly flitted across the field, and
all the leaves were calling.
-Richard La Gallienn

These people
I was raised with a strong work ethic and I find it very hard to just do "nothing". I'm not a competitive person, but I am constantly setting goals for myself and then won't let them out of my teeth. It has only been in my mid-thirties that I'm learning to take "time off" and appreciate the value of indolence, of accomplishing nothing. And to do it without feeling guilty or like I have to make excuses for it.

It's all thanks to these people. These people that I love to distraction. These people who need so much from me, but what they need most is a mama who is rested and in her right mind. Thankful to these people today while I do a whole lot of nothing today and accomplish some of the most important things in life.


  1. Nothing to us means so much more to them!

  2. My kids are the happiest when I am doing nothing but paying attention to them!

  3. There is a certain art to doing "nothing" and no one can teach us that better than young children. I miss the doing nothing together days--mine are all grown(ish) and engaged in their own pursuits so much of the time.

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