Monday, February 2, 2009

Silence and Cucumbers

We had a crazy weekend. It was fun, but it was crazy.

So, this morning when the alarm clock went off, it was difficult to get us all moving again.

I did it nonetheless.

It was the morning routine of the American mother.

The urging, the cheerleading, the steering, the feeding, the combing, the peace keeping, the shoe-tying, the lunch-packing, the driving, the kiss-goodbye-ing. The return home to dish-washing, laundry, toddler games, and bed-making. Thinking about supper when it's only 10:00 in the morning.

It wears on a person sometimes.

There are times when I feel the heavy weight of responsibility bearing down on me, when the knowledge that my husband and children's health, cleanliness, and emotional well-being are in my hands seems like a burden. There are times when keeping family peace and making sure every other human being within our personal radius is appropriately cared-for feels like work.

These are the times when my energy-gauge reads "Empty".

These are the times when I know it's time to do something different with my day. To change up the routine and let the saddle sores of personal servitude have some time to heal.

It's when I take time for silence.

So, if you happen to come by the house today, you should know that I won't be answering the door. I've turned off the radio. I've turned off the phone.

There are cucumbers on my eyes.

And I'm enjoying a little silence for a change.

It's the one way I know to help let the gratitude back in and feel the joy of mothering again.

Who knew silence and cucumbers were such a wonderful combination?

For me, they're like magic.

- Midwest Mom


  1. So that's the combination I've been missing all these years? I thought the magic elixir was smutty fiction and a Snickers bar. I'll have to try your suggestion next time my spirit is empty.

  2. I remember those days of craving silence and just a few moments to myself. I never thought sitting on the loo reading readers digest could actually be appealing lol!

  3. Oh I hear you too well :) cucumbers rock LOL and silence is so priceless sometimes :)

  4. I hope it was restful and you're back on your game soon. I so know how you feel and may even have to have my own 'silence and cucumbers' day soon.

  5. everybody sometimes needs their time alone and silence and relax...!

    enjoy your day,

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  6. Robyn,
    LOL! I don't know what's more addictive, the fiction or the sweets! As for me, I found that the cucumbers needed a little ibuprophen enhancement. Who knew Moms could run a fever?!?

    Thanks for coming by! My mom always kept a copy of Readers Digest handy... now I know why. ;)

    Thanks for the sympathy. You're right! Silence is golden.

    I'm much better today, thanks! All it took was some rest, I think.
    (It was one of those weekends that makes you feel like you need a vacation afterward!)

    Thanks for coming by and for your comment. I hope to see you here again!

    Have a great day, everyone!
    - Julia


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