Early October Morning
I have been trying to gather and hold the quiet in bits where I can. This month has filled up so quickly. While there are many things to look forward to – my birthday, pumpkin picking and hayrides, time with friends, a night away – it makes me feel overwhelmed and anxious to look at the calendar and see only 2 days left this entire month where I don’t need to be somewhere at some point in the day. I don’t value busy and I thrive on down time away from everyone to recharge. But there’s a part of me that wants to run with it and fill the heck out of my favorite month and still try to get our painting projects done and add in trying to get a ton of holiday shopping done so that in November and December, it will leave time for hunkering down and letting the cold come and allow us some rest and quiet time at home with family.
So, I’m trying to hang on to bits where I can. Quiet mornings while Mia is at preschool to clean up and run our errands and to build things and draw and let Nick pretend cook for me while he has me all to himself. Letting go of the drive for perfection and accepting even a bit more mess than our normal to give an extra half hour of time to read or lay with kids in the afternoon. A cup of tea here and there when the kids are having moments of happily playing together. Short walks. Getting to bed at a decent time. Staying off the computer during the day as much as possible and sneaking in some extra time with it in my lap in the evenings.
How do you handle the seasons of busy? Is it where you thrive or do you run screaming?