It's Monday. A new week. A new day. And it appears that with 70 whole degrees in the forecast, Spring has finally decided to visit Minnesota.
Had a great weekend. No, really. It was great. Saturday found the Zielske's at an all-day volleyball tournament, where although Aidan's team didn't take the top prize, Aidan managed to serve four consecutive points to win one of their matches. That was very cool to see.
We cleaned the house a little. Kids had play dates. I walked Chippie a few times. Went for a bike ride with Aidan. Cooked food. Hung out with friends in the neighborhood. Laughed. Slept. Lived a simple and ordinary existence that I would not trade for anything.
And I think I mean that. That I wouldn't trade it for anything. The only thing I find myself sometimes wishing for is not having to work. I imagine waking up, getting the kids off to school…taking a walk with Chip, coming back, taking a hot shower, checking email, cleaning a little here and there. Creating some scrapbook-related stuff. Possibly. Doing single-meal grocery shopping for the freshest ingredients. Going to a yoga class. Spending time thinking of myself, and how I could best spend the rest of the day. Taking a nap. Having a hot meal that every one loves, to be eaten in a sparkling kitchen, surrounded by the people I love.
But see…the crux of what I wish for is already there, every day. I am surrounded by the people I love.
Which is what I mean by I wouldn't trade a thing.
I mean, who says yoga is all that. Really.
I wanted to thank those of you who made a contribution of any size to the Jen Gallacher Family Benefit. It is such a kind gesture of support, to this family, in this time of need.
I thought about the Gallacher family a lot over the weekend, even though I've never met them. And today, I have this line in my head, from an Everything But the Girl song on the Idlewild album, from "The Night I Heard Caruso Sing."
The part that goes…
It's time to hold your loved ones while the chains are loose,
and the world runs wild.
Just a reminder, that in the midst of the daily mucky-muck, or when you find yourself wishing for all the things that aren't quite right, like pants that fit or money to burn or houses that are clean…just that reminder to surround yourself with those you love, and hold them as close as you can for as long as you're given.
And I know I have no rights to play this song on my blog, but if you've never heard it, it really is a lovely song. Even though I think it's more of an anti-nuclear weapon kind of song from back in the day…it still makes me sentimental, every time.
(To stay more on the legal side, just play it through your browser, rather than download the file, if you can.)