This summer has been a busy one. We've visited every New England state in the matter of 6 weeks, yes, my kids are road warriors, and have not really slowed down. I must be honest and say this whole road trip challenge was a defensive mechanism. I've had a rough and unpredictable 8 months and rather than stewing in sorrow or pity, I needed to get the hell out of Dodge. So, we did, and remarkably, we all came out alive and still liking each other.
Friday night rolled around and we had zero plans for the weekend. I headed to my writer's group Saturday morning and came home with still no plans. It stayed that way all weekend. This is a true challenge for me. I'm not good at doing nothing. I suck at it. I'm constantly thinking of what needs to be done, unfinished projects, things to do with the kids, etc. It is a wee bit maddening at times, my friends. So, like we challenged ourselves to a New England road trip, I challenged myself to do nothing all weekend. I'm happy to report, I succeeded. Saturday the laundry sat, the kids destroyed their rooms with play, and Devin and I sat on the couch, reading (me) and playing guitar (him). It was divine. Really and truly, to just sit and enjoy the silence of free time. Yes, of course I was a bit ticky and itchy at first running through the things I should have been doing, but once my nose was in that book (Rules of Civility, great read) my mind stopped. As the pages turned, my guilt for doing nothing slowly dissapated.
Today was much of the same nothingness. We went to lunch, enjoyed a Margarita outside, and took the long, scenic way home. With full bellies upon arriving home, the kids grabbed their books, we grabbed our pillows and we all enjoyed 2 hours of quiet time. I'm telling you, utter bliss. A nap, my friends, is pure indulgence. (So is having two very responsible, lovely daughters that don't mind reading to their brother for hours!)
In this "busy" world of ours, it seems we are getting farther and farther away from just being; either being still, or in the moment, or not distracted by our phones. We are told we must always be doing something, but what I've learned this weekend is doing nothing is just as important.
Happy Sunday, my friends. This is our last full week of summer before we all head back to school and we're going to make the best of it, although we have no plans.