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DOWNTIME
I woke up in time, propelled by the urgency of my bladder and the heightened noise from the brightened living room; they were done with breakfast and ready to go. Pulled in for farewells, their heads are reaching to my breasts, just as they did years ago—it's the bodies which have elongated and stretched them up to these heights. "Goodbye," I say, "have fun."

We kiss and they are gone, out to the still dark silence of pre-dawn. The car was loaded last night and I turn on the kitchen light again to wave from the window; otherwise they wouldn't see me. Then I return to bed. It takes awhile to fall back asleep and in fact, the door re-opens moments later (a bag forgotten and thank goodness now instead of 2 hours down the road) and closes again with a snick.

In the quiet left behind I sleep away the morning. There is no noise to interrupt, no noise to get me up. I have nothing planned and nowhere to be today, no demands. It's all so quiet and empty and mine.

If I clean the house now, it will stay cleaned for a week. I will not have to pick up anything that I didn't put down. No dishwasher wheezing and sputtering through a wash cycle for seven days while it slowly refills with only my dinner dishes. I won't have to do laundry again until they will return, all screeching and glad, with piles of long underwear, fleece sweaters, and socks and socks and socks.

Instead of dressing, I read poetry. I answer the phone and disappoint 2 small voices asking to play. Maybe it's time for lunch: I can read at the table! Afterwards, I will have my choice of projects to keep me busy, a walk to take before the rain returns and music to keep the silence at bay. For now, I'll revel in it.
 calm
mood: calm
music: none. just me!


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)

I will!! :)

Downtime is great for all of you. Though I know that 5 minutes after you posted that, you were already missing all of them like crazy!

Enjoy your week of peace.

Ha! NOT! :D

I went for my walk, and it was lovely :)


aren't those phone calls always the worse, hearing little hearts breaking, because they are not there to play...this is how important friends should be to us all our lives....but we move on....

(and maybe at some point you will get dressed! hopefully before you take the walk in the, almost about to, rain...)

No rain yet, and I took my walk, hurrah!


you didnt confirm the dressed before walking statement. still the nordic temperament is inclined to accepting naturalism :)

har! no comment.

Every year I get jealous of your week alone. Enjoy!

It's almost shameful how much I look forward to it every year! :)

oooh, downtime!! Enjoy!!

(Anonymous)

Isn't downtime fabulous? I'm so glad you're getting some. Your writing already reveals that slower pace. A few extra moments to put together words, after a book devoured (or two!) Have a lovely week!

That was me. LJ logs me out and doesn't inform me until after I've posted. Grr.

It's been logging me out a lot lately, too. I've already gotten halfway through a book today AND done most of the pages for the AWC newsletter :) My family just called, they've arrived after a long day of traveling to the cabin...the snow is up to the windows there!

Oh, I'm so glad your week has come. You needed that now, didn't you.
I remember the years of non-stop "them" time, and although I loved them dearly (and still do) It is so wonderful to have some "me" time.

*big breath* ... ahhhhhh! Enjoy your quiet week.

I expect you'll have read 47 books by week's end...

hahah! well, only if I'm not totally immersed in my other projects :)

Downtown

Lather up every moment & enjoy.

Re: Downtown

Downtown?? :D

Re: Downtown

blush ... downtime downtime !

What makes this time so delicious (and bearable) is you know that it is temporary. I love this post because I always have this feeling when the children leave to go to their father's...the break is wonderful because I know it is finite.

I know you will make the most of it, and deservedly so!

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