We talk allot (both here and at home) about living your best life. Your most authentic life. Your bliss. Living each moment with the juice of it dripping deliciously off of your chin. But some days the happiness eludes us all, even here.
Pete was in a Hurry. A Big Hurry. It was a little tense around here as he hurried the kid and hustled around getting ready to leave. "Where are you going?" I asked. "I'm taking the kids to the park," he replied. "To play."
There are these moments where my eyes open wide and my jaw drops a bit and I think, Really? Really? This is how we're choosing to spend this day? The absurdity of hurrying to the park was enough to knock me on my butt and make me to take stock of our emotional space. Yes, the toilet overflowed this morning. Again. Yes, the kids stayed up late and Lupine is grumpy. Yes, we woke to a kitchen still full of yesterday's dirty dishes. Yes, there's allot to get done, like always.
But there is nothing beyond this moment. There is today. How are you spending it?
I, too, have hurried to the park. And the coop. And the library. And who-knows-where. I, too, have hurried to get the kids in bed right-on-time-and-not-a-minute late. I too have sucked the joy out of moment after moment as I rush along with my brow furled and my head down.
But for what? I am seeing a stick with no carrot in this. And I'm not interested in a stick.
So right now, in the midst of my busy work day I am pausing from my own business. I am going to grind grains and bake bread. To hell with the schedule. I want my kids to enjoy fresh, warm bread at lunchtime and that comes first.
Sometimes running a home-based business and trying to fix up our house and planting a garden and sorting the recycling and homeschooling and DIY-everything gets to be allot. And with that we're planning on bringing on chickens (and maybe bees!?) in our yard. And we're having a rummage sale this weekend. And I have dishes to wash. But what about this moment?
Let's stop and let the laundry pile up and the phone ring while we sit on the steps in the sunshine, nibbling our snack and listening to the birds.
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And now to the Babywearing Celebration…
Three tots, parking lot
do i need another arm?
no, just the Ergo!
Day 4 Winners are below. If you see your name please email me (rachel at lusaorganics dot com) so I can arrange shipping!
ERGObaby: Susan M. who said:
Kozy Carrier: Pamela R who said:
Baby Catbird: Melaine who said:
love wearing my baby! She is now 19 mos and does not enjoy it as much
as she used to. It actually makes me what to have another soon because
I miss it. We have a few small babywearing groups in our community. But
I have not met with them in a while….I need to do that again 🙂
Tummy 2 Tummy: Sarah B who said:
often lament the lack of community facing new mothers in our society. A
year or so ago when I was looking up instructions on how to wear a mei
tai, I came across the website of a Korean woman who had emigrated to
the US. I can't find that link anymore, but she said something like
this in reference to the back carry: In Korea there would always be
another adult around to help you put the baby in the carrier, but here
in the US that isn't the case. I remember reading that over and over
because I found it so stunning — never alone with the baby! Always
another adult around! I have no idea what that would be like.