Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Killing time

I went to Garden Ridge the other day and it was kind of depressing.
Have you been to a Garden Ridge lately?

I think I was the only shopper in that whole huge place. 
And nothing appealed to me, so I left.

Oh, there were lots of pretty things there, but I was really just killing time, and not needing anything, so none of it looked appealing enough to buy... and I didn't feel obligated to buy anything (like I do sometimes, in some places - which is pathetic, I admit.)

Lately I've had some 'killing time' in my life.
Some margin.
Some 'going-to-Garden-Ridge-time'.

It's been sweet.

I remember when I was in the throes of motherhood and wifehood and preacher-wife-hood, and people-pleaser-hood, etc., etc., and I was almost always exhausted.
I remember having headaches, and eyelid twitching, and bad attitudes.

Thankfully I knew enough to know that I needed to stop the world and get off for a while.
And I did.

Oh, with little children, you can't completely stop the world, but you CAN stop some of the madness in it.
I really think so.

You can let your standards down.
You can just sit and play with your kids for a while.... while the house needs vacuumed and the dishes accumulate in the sink.

I vividly remember sitting on the floor in our living room in Chattanooga, Oklahoma and having each child get on my back and let me rock them back and forth. I remember looking at their little hands as I held those hands while we rocked. It somehow made me realize that they were just little tiny tykes who enjoyed rocking back and forth on their mommy's back.
It was so simple. And so fun.
And it made me so happy, their laughing, and their wanting to do it over and over.

It was just play time.
Nobody was learning anything.
Or producing anything.

And it makes me smile to think about it.

My point (not that I need to have one) is that sometimes you (I) just need to kill time.
We need to just spend time on the floor with our kids, or great nieces and nephew.
Or our dog.

Or just sit in the room doing nothing.

We so don't need to fill every moment.

Some moments are just here to BE IN.... and smile.

That's what I think on this Tuesday morning. 
I have a new poll (upper right).
Thanks for voting!
(Though I know your answer to this particular poll may depend on what kind of day (moment) you're having.)


Myra said...

Your kids did learn something.....that they were more important than the housework...and that you loved them!

Nancy said...

Great comment, Myra! Thanks!!

Laura said...

Thanks for the reminder!

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