Mindful Saturday

The sky was pale yellow this morning on my walk, with a big cloud overhead the color of a bruise. In front of me, the clouds were pink. The mountains were blue.

I’m practicing mindfulness, and you guys, it’s working. I am utterly relaxed. I can’t even work up a curse word when Jack pees all around, but not in, the toilet. Mindfulness. It’s like magic.

I drove Henry to merit badge pow wow. I picked Henry up from merit badge pow wow (last one, yippee!). I took out the kitchen garbage, twice. I Windexed. I swept. I moved laundry.

Dutch cleaned up the poo room. Henry made eggs. Charlie picked up the toys. Truman whined. Jack did angry tongue face.

The boys ate happy meals. Dutch cleaned the leaves out of the garage. Charlie got a giant Star Wars birthday balloon and banners. I worked on my Sunday School lesson.

Dutch and I went on a date.

We watched The Finest Hours, and I unwittingly compared my life to a sinking oil tanker. Not in a depressing way, but in an I Am Being Inspired By This Inspirational Turbulent Ocean Rescue Movie Because It Kind Of Reminds Me Of My Life kind of way.

If you haven’t seen it, I won’t spoil anything. I’ll just say that there is an oil tanker that sustains major damage and the shiz gets real.

I watched it, happy, because Chris Pine. Also, because I felt like that torn-up tanker was an apt simile for my family’s life. It’s a falling apart mess. It’s cold, wet, and blowing. And we are stuck here.

But the tanker was what they had. It was where they were. It wasn’t their forever home, but a vessel to take them in between places. And for all its cracks and damage, it held them until something better could.

The same is true of life in my house with my people.

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  3 comments for “Mindful Saturday

  1. Lucy
    March 12, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I needed this today. Thank you for your lesson on mindfulness, and Chris Pine, and the landscape of your day. You boost me when you write your experiences! Thanks for helping us all to keep going!

  2. Blue
    March 13, 2016 at 12:42 am

    googling mindfulness. cause clueless. but sounds like good stuff! xx

  3. March 14, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    I need to do better with mindfulness. I used an app to help me meditate for only 10 minutes tonight. It. Was. Hard.

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