Just Write {26}

March 12, 2012

I handed the teething and fussy and clinging baby to her Daddy right at the moment he came through the door. I said, I need to hide for a little while and here I am.

It’s been not even five minutes and Miles has come to the door three times and Asher once. Elsie has been doing that thing with her walker, where she bangs it against the door while making grunt sounds mixed with whining for me. Ryan is trying to make dinner and Miles keeps asking to play a game. It feels a bit like the house is spinning, there’s so much activity.

The witching hour(s).

Everyone is done, over-tired, needing, hungry and did I mention over-tired? I think of all the houses breathing this same life right now and I know it’s so good that we all get to breathe this way together at all.

In a few hours all will stand still. I’ll sit in the quiet and think about my sleeping babies and I’ll drift away, fatigue winning the war with Me Time. I’ll sleep instead of reading or watching TV, I just know it. I’ll be better for it tomorrow, when I wear the teething baby while wiping the counter and starting the washer. Then I’ll play the games with my boys and break up their fights and repeat myself a lot while taking in their deep blue eyes.

We live a thousand seasons in just one day, breathing so much life into our home with laughs and cries and fights and kisses and sleepy sighs. This is the way of a place of belonging, a home with a heart that beats like a baby’s fist to a mother’s door. It says, I’m still here.

My mothering and writing heart sees the poetry in this beautiful mess. The rest of me needs to stay behind this door for just a little longer.


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