March 19, 2011

Spring Break


A little treat from the bookseller this afternoon bringing some reading for my Spring Break.  A slim slice today--much to do.  I call it "erasing the company." It's when I wash towels, change sheets and clean up, restoring our life back to itself, in all its mundane boring glory as our company leaves and leaves us a quieter house.

I was once in my daughter's place, visiting my mother with my whirling chaotic life of children, and mess and crying and giggling and water play and ice cream cones dropped on patios and trips to the park and corn dogs on a stick.  I'm sure she took time to erase the company, but maybe also did what I do now--leave some fingerprints on the glass door for a bit of a longer reminder of small wee hands.

Life is slower now--I'm slower--and I don't have the busyness of that earlier time. The children are raised, they visit, then leave.  My life is quieter, filled with books and too little time to read them, filled with hope and dreams yet wondering if I'm too late. It's a leveling time, a thoughtful and creative time.  It's a different season--and I'm living it as best I can.


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P.S.  My books are below.

14 comments:

  1. Very reflective. Those little ones fill our hearts.

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  2. Your description of another time is done beautifully. I like the thought of leaving a few fingerprints.

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  3. I am still the daughter, taking my three girls to my mom, knowing that we turn her clean and peaceful living to a chaos, feeling guilty about it. I hope that she keeps some of our fingerprints. Your writing was beautiful.
    Terje

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  4. I loved this. My boys are in high school and last night, as I sat in the noisy craziness of kids coming and going and friends over and can Jeremy spend the night and we are making a pizza (even though we just ate a full meal two hours ago) I thought, "Enjoy this. It will be over way too soon and you will miss it."

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  5. I love your description of "erasing" your company. The sadness weaved throughout is subtle but poignant and the desires of dreams comes through. I especially enjoyed the "...leave some fingerprints on the glass door for a bit of a longer reminder of small wee hands.". I love this image of not wanting to 'get rid of' everything, rather keep something simple around as a memory. Notebook Know How is good. A friend of mine both have it and enjoyed the innards. :)

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  6. This is the sweetest post, so loving. It touches me because I am in the same place, creating a new kind of daily life. I too 'erase the company', but going through the house doing that helps to re-create the time, doesn't it? You said the important parts beautifully.

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  7. What a sweet post, you can tell how valued your family is to you...even through the erasing of company. My grandmother always leaves a few chip crumbs on the floor from my boys as a reminder of little bodies in the home. Have a wonderful time with your new books. "Notebook Know How" is a fabulous read and one that you will come back to time and again.

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  8. I'm identifying with you as well. I'm a teacher but an empty-nester with grandchildren and I understand the children and grandchildren coming and going. I to have to "erase company"-what an interesting way to write it - never thought about it that way. I have reflected on how my mother must have had to do the same, in fact, she and I have talked about this. She is still living and soon to be 86 yrs. Thanks for sharing. I can tell you love your "company" and your life! A wonderful tribute to your life!Happy slicing!:)

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  9. It is never too late for hopes and dreams...I hope. For I have a few dreams, too! Thank you for this thoughtful slice. I will remember to leave some fingerprints when I finally get some here that aren't mine!

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  10. My mother calls this the "empty tea cups" time - the guests have left, and one gazes at the tea tray with its cups and crumbs...reflecting on togetherness, basking in the solitude.

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  11. Great last line. Somehow you communicate your longing for the time that was and your pure enjoyment of the present all at once.

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  12. I love your words also, "erasing the company". I appreciated your picture of your stack of books...I'm going to check out Doing Literary Criticism. Thanks!

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  13. I also love the idea of "erasing the company." Although our erasing the company is usually taking several clinking bags out to the recycling bin. (tee hee)

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  14. We are in that stage of awareness of how life repeats itself with new characters playing the same old roles.
    P.S. Glad to see that quilting book at the bottom of the "work" stack.

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