In getting ready for the bridal show in March, I spent yesterday in my workshop. After I got the kids set up with school assignments I got to work and by around 3 my hands were so tired and my fingers covered in spray paint residue that I was worn out. Or plum tuckered out as we say here in Texas. We also say fixin-ta and shoot-fire.
After cleaning up my mess, I decided to lie in my hammock and read a book that Grace asked me to read over a month ago. It’s one of those things that I want to do and especially since she asked me to, but it requires hours of being still which isn’t my gift. I like to keep things moving…usually 3-10 things at once. My brain feels like it’s not working if I don’t have at least 3 plates spinning.
But the weather was nice and I was really tired, so I grabbed the book and made myself comfortable. I took Levi and Elijah out with me so they could play in the springlike weather and be out from underfoot inside. Wait, now I’ve got 2 things going…reading Grace’s book AND watching the little boys. Then Hope came out to talk to me and we sat and chatted….3 things. Next people started asking me questions about dinner and history projects and can they play Wii after dinner (um…no, why do they even bother asking?) and I was right back to spinning plates.
But then, for some weird reason it all suddenly stopped and everyone settled to their activities so I went back to reading. Then a little cool breeze wafted past. I asked Elijah if he noticed that it got cold and he hadn’t noticed. But then, Elijah wouldn’t notice if a rocket landed in the field where he was playing. He is a sweet boy though; he brought me a blanket to surprise me. Moments later Faith and Adam brought me a drink. I had mentioned earlier that I wished there was a way for me to drink while lying in the hammock, so they figured out a way.
Suddenly I had gone from being pulled in every direction to being spoiled.
They all made dinner and took care of everything while I fell asleep for a couple of minutes. Why can’t every day be like this? Literally the birds were singing all around me and maybe, if I’m being totally honest, there was a chicken lying under me scratching in the cool dirt. Just another thing that makes country life so dreamy.
I hope you all get to someday experience the delight of having joyful children that cover you with blankets and tie water bottles to a hammock for your pleasure.