Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Dining Room Table

I'm at the table and it's piled high with Legos, homework, phones, glasses of water and Kool-aid and a million other things.

I'm here, pushing the idea of concentrating while doing homework. Kind of a crazy idea around my house. In about 90 minutes I'd like dinner to magically appear at the table but I think I'm going to have to wander in the kitchen and take care of it myself.

The holidays are over, we're back to school, speech therapy, regulated bedtimes, errands....

I'm trying not to eat chocolate chips right out of the bag -- and failing miserably.

Last Saturday I stood in a pasture eye to eye with a ten month old filly as she checked me out, her lips and nose brushing my cheek. Three other horses stood nearby, waiting for a treat and some love. I didn't get to ride, it was raining, but I spent a couple of hours getting to know K, and her four horses, five dogs, and I don't know how many cats. It was nice. I think I found a kindred spirit -- at least as far as our love of animals goes. We have plans to try and ride this weekend.

So the new year has started with a little bit of the old and some new things too. I'm quitting some commitments I'd gotten myself into in 2008. Commitments that were draining me and keeping me from taking care of myself. I'm trying to pick up some old habits that I had let go, things that keep me healthy.

The homework is done now and the boys are snuggled close to each other on the couch, surfing the web. It's getting dark and I'm going out to check on the parsley and thyme I planted a couple of hours ago just so I can be out in the last light of the day.

It's enough for right now, everything here. As long as I still have other things to hope for, to work towards, this is enough for now.


Vodka Mom said...

wait, you're going outside? In this ICE STORM?

okay, we are OBVIOUSLY not near each other.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

It's enough. You are right.

(I feel like I spent all day picking up clutter. *sigh*)

AnastasiaSpeaks said...

I like that...it's enough for now.

A little of the old and a little of the new, a good combination. I'm glad you let go of some things that were draining your energy.

Letting go is the hardest thing to do.

Suzanne said...

this post made me happy on so many levels, it just sounded peaceful and nice and loving. And here's a happy thought: on The Flat Belly Diet you're allowed to eat chocolate chips right out of the bag, in fact it's encouraged! really! (ok, not out of the bag, but they are allowed.)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Chocolate chips right out of the bag is a particular weakness of mine. Hmmm, why are they calling me name right now?

The horse thing sounds fantastic.

Sus said...

Enough for now: that should be my mantra for 09.

Instead I was lying awake this morning imagining massive renovations to my home.

enough for now enough for now enough for now enough for now...

furiousBall said...

i think the mantra for 2009 should be : eat the chips out of the bag.

it applies to so many things. well, no, but still.

Jennifer H said...

This is one of my favorite things you've written here. So lovely.

Wish I could go riding with you.

(Do you wish I would stop saying that?)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm really glad you're finding some balance of fun and obligation. Our dining room tables could be twins I think. Parenting is the most cluttering task.

Louise said...

You just planted herbs?

I'm glad you got rid of some commitments. Tell. me.how.

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