I needed to look at some old photos of spring, just to reassure myself that it does come year after year. What a winter we’ve had once again. One of the boys went up to change after school yesterday and came down in shorts and t-shirt-because it was a balmy forty degrees out and the snow had finally melted off the driveway. I sent him back up but he protested so adamantly I just asked him to put a jacket on so I don’t look completely negligent.
I’m counting the days!!! Spring, please save the mothers of boys everywhere, and come quickly!
Meanwhile, I have been doing my best to get a few final projects done around the house. It seems like it takes me forever to do one thing anymore. I think because I have so much to do around here anyways, without adding an additional project on, but because I also just want to “get it right the first time”. It has taken me months to decide on a window treatment for Janey’s room, or to choose long-lasting quality furniture (which I researched way too thoroughly) for our living room, or just decide on frames I want for the stairway baby pics. Because I NEVER WANT TO DO IT AGAIN. Right the first time, live with it forever is my motto now. I have slowly but surely crossed out my list and have two or three things to complete-curtains for Janey’s room which I will end up making myself, end tables and lamps for the living room, a dresser to paint and I then the outside gardening work (which I almost always love) will be ready to begin.
I also spent some of this winter catching up on scrapbooks-three years to be exact since I have only printed out the pages at the end of the year, but never did any assembly, since Janey was born. My January goal was to get caught up, and I just did two weeks ago. Oh, how I swear at those things before I tackle them (why did I ever start?) but when they are all completed I love them and the kids do also.
On a side note, our wi-fi was down for (only!) four days, and it was a welcome and much needed reset button for myself. I have a friend that has compared the internet and its constant opportunities to a leaky faucet with a slow drip. You don’t really notice that little drip that seems trivial but are shocked when after a day it can fill a bucket. Drips are seconds checking an email, or answering a text, or looking at the myriad of other things that quickly become habits. All these little distractions, seconds really, add up and most days, I just don’t have time for it, or don’t have any intention of spending my time this way, and the thing about time is, you can’t get it back. I found myself thinking, “I’ll just pull up a recipe for dinner tonight”, and then had to stop short. Or “I’ll just check to see if that guy emailed me back about Patrick’s baseball sign up”. It’s like when the electricity is out and we keep hitting those light switches out of habit.
I was thinking just ten years ago, I really never ever used the internet. We had a big old computer in a cabinet and the door was hardly ever opened. My mom showed me how to upload pictures when I bought my first digital camera, and also how to send emails-it just had no appeal to me, and seemed unnecessary to learn. And guess what? I could function, probably, if honest, better than I am now! I used recipes from books, I sent letters, or talked on the phone to friends and relatives, I had creative ideas generated from my own brain, I could diagnosis an illness or injury in a child from a handy dandy medical index. I could decorate my house without looking at 20,000 photos from Houzz first, and I could paint furniture without looking at five tutorials. Imagine that! I was better off for it, I’m sure of it. Isn’t it crazy how things can change so quickly and we all just are swept along-maybe not at first, maybe with some resistance, or caution, but there we are. I have always contemplated -it is impossible with teenagers not to- the draw of technology, how it effects our brain and our time and our children-our family life.-even just a tiny bit of it! If I am really honest myself, the ONLY thing necessary about the internet is checking school/extra-curricular emails for my children and I can do that in two seconds once a day.
My point is-I welcomed the wi-fi disconnection because it made me conscious of that little drip of time and stop to think about the intention of my days.
So I’m off to make some oatmeal raisin cookies, from my grandmother’s recipe, found in my mother’s recipe box, copied down on a piece of paper. 🙂
Happy (almost, please!) Spring!