Just Write {27}

March 19, 2012

“I’m going to live my life inspired. Look for the holy in the commonplace. Open the windows and feel all that’s honest and real until I’m truly amazed.” ~Sara Groves

Elsie and I went with my Dad to visit my Grandma. She had knee surgery a few weeks ago and you should see her. She’s such a spitfire, she’s already walking with no limp behind her wheeled walker chair thingy. We talked about how it’s so warm for a Minnesota March and she said, It’s kind of scary and I said, Yeah! It is! It just feels so strange.

It feels like July or August and so it’s like Minnesota has been tricked or like something daunting is happening. I don’t know why exactly, it just feels that way. Even though we’re REALLY enjoying the unnatural weather.

The windows have been open for days and all the winter things are flying out and around with the breeze. Like under-the-bed dust bunnies, rushing across the wood floors while the curtains billow up and out in the open.

We take turns sneezing at all the sneaky dust. We take turns watching the dust in the sunlight and saying it’s so much! You know how it is when your heart and mind haven’t been able to breathe for a while, things just pile up and get stuck inside? It’s the same for houses.

Spring cleaning feels so good.

After wiping and sweeping and doing all the other things that are daily, we take a walk in the evenings. The other night, Miles and I had races and he beat me every single time. He is so fast for being six and the way he gets so proud of himself makes me happy for him while I also have mothering thoughts like I hope he doesn’t get all arrogant. Then I tell myself to stop worrying, to just pat him on the back and tell him he’s good at so many things. One of the exhausting things about motherhood is that tendency to be both happy about something and concerned at the same time, looking at everything from all angles and possibilities and trying to teach the right thing on account of all the things going through your head.

Every child has so many parts to them and to their lives and then they have a thousand things happening in their worlds all in one day and they experience it uniquely, just like we do. There we are, seeing it and feeling it with them while living our own at the same time.  And then the weather doesn’t match the place and time and something feels off.

So we open all the windows and we see what needs to be done like we open our hearts and minds to letting go. Out from under, released, my head all aflutter with dust. Sneeze. Shake it off. Move on.

Spring cleaning feels so good.


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Alison@Mama Wants This March 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Such a joyful post, Heather. Love it!
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Shelly Miller March 19, 2012 at 9:06 pm

It’s warm here at the beach in SC where I live too and we aren’t ready for this much heat when summers are so hot. And I have been thinking about the seasons of the heart too, and letting go. My husband’s grandma reminds me of yours. Nothing got her down when she was alive, a great role model for all of us.
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Liv March 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

This weather is amazing, though. I mean, it feels like a little gift, like the cherry on top of a mild winter. Being relatively new to MN, I will take it.

We are moving this week and excited for the new. Right now everything feels so fresh. I will take that too.
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deb March 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Okay Heather- this was a wise wise post.
Second guessing, over thinking, projecting, etc.
My head is a bee hive of humming crazy and sometimes I like to think I’m not alone :)

( and a btw? when I was sitting in the circle of Emily Dickinson Museum touring folk while visiting my daughter this week, , a quiet in the back never talking me, but suddenly there I was Up Front Sharing and Talking and Reading and answering Questions ( insert shocked swearing, gasping, nervous laughter) .. your blog name came up. So yeah. We were all trying to answer the why and what of her poetry and the wonder and gratitude and startling miracle of the simple , of the frogs peeping, the ferns unfurling, etc… and I was going on and on and I said.. you know? The Extraordinary Ordinary?!!
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suzannah {so much shouting, so much laughter} March 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

oh, i know these feelings. my theme this week was similar. there is something about the seasons changing that awakens so much newness and longing.
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Gianna March 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I love when we can actually have a conversation with older people in our lives.
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Jamie @ Six Bricks High March 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Love your words here – I always do. But this one resonated with me. I got brave and decided to join in (finally).
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Shanda Oakley March 19, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I Can’t say Spring Cleaning feels good because I have a hard time enjoying cleaning. But I do love it when I can open the windows. Everything feels fresh.

The Mommy Psychologist March 20, 2012 at 12:55 am

My mom is coming out from the Midwest tomorrow to visit. It’s March and she’s leaving the sunshine in Minnesota to come to the dreary, cloudy 50 degree weather in L.A. Something is most definitely wrong with this picture.
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Raw Thoughts And Feelings March 20, 2012 at 5:08 am

It’s a scary thought when the weather is so strange this year, but I do love warmer weather, and waiting to see life begins again in the garden!
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Tiffany March 20, 2012 at 5:52 am

It is supposed to be 83 degrees here in Ohio today. Can you believe it? My favorite part has been sleeping with the windows open. Is there anything better? I can’t wait for my spring break to clean.
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Amanda March 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

It feels amazing! I am so in love with this weird, warm spring.
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Amber March 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

It is March 20. Not even officially Spring. And I left the house in a dress. And sandals. And no coat. You are right, this is way more than weird. But I’m enjoying the weirdness all the same – my brain needed a good spring cleaning.
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Semi Domesticated Mama March 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

Spring cleaning does feel so good! It cleans out my soul as well as my house and I feel so much better afterwards. Lovely post today!
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Barb March 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

Another great post. We’ve been feeling that same love-the-early-summer-but-fear-what-the-real-summer-is-going-to-be-like around here. You nailed it when you said that mothering is a balance between being happy and being concerned. I’m learning to let go of the concerned stuff and just know that everything is going to be okay. Some days I am better at it than others. Thanks for a great post that I could relate to on so many levels.
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Chasity March 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

Beautiful thoughts Heather!
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Jamie March 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Sounds like you’ve got more cleaning done that I…..When it’s so nice like this I hate to stay inside. Don’t worry about your son becoming arrogant. Life will take care of that. Just enjoy those walks. My first born is in his last 9 weeks of school….then off to college. I have to beg him to join my for 5Ks. But he will ever now and then. That makes me smile.
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Sarah@EmergingMummy March 20, 2012 at 1:19 pm

As always, Heather, you capture my own heart. I am scrubbing my house in response to a new season opening up and it’s like flinging open the door to something.
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Addie Zierman March 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Sarah, even your comments are lovely: “It’s like I’m flinging open the door to something.” Wow. :)
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Amanda @wandering March 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Sara Groves is one of my favorite (if not FAVORITE) singers/songwriters. I need to look for the holy in the commonplace more often. I think that is why I didn’t do the spring cleaning i needed to do today. Something else took it’s place. :)

Julia March 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Lovely, lovely post. This is so true; spring cleaning feels so good and new and full of possibility.
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Julia March 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Spring really is a wonderful time of the year. This post gave me the urge to clean the dust bunnies out. lol.
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Addie Zierman March 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Loved this whole beautiful thing, but especially the line that said “the weather doesn’t match this place and time, and something feels off.” This rings so true to me. I’m with Grandma. Don’t get me wrong…I’m loving it. But there’s something a little unsettling about shorts and too-warm-too-sleep in the middle of March.
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Jade @ Tasting Grace March 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Happy and worried all at the same time…sounds like the story of my life and I’m not even a mother! If I ever do bear children, I can’t imagine how much more strongly I’ll be both!
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Michelle March 20, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Spring cleaning does feel good!
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Sylvia March 21, 2012 at 11:35 am

Hi Heather,
I enjoyed reding your thoughts. I lack confidence in my writing, but I love reading and I often have this urge to write down my thought and feeling …Happy to join ” Just Write ”
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robin March 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

what a beautiful post. So uplifting and motivating. :) Our weather is gorgeous lately, too, but we live in Socal. ;)
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Melissa March 22, 2012 at 9:49 am

Oh yes, to so much of this! The weather? Totally freaking me out. The taking the good with thoughts of the bad…every moment. every day.

I get it.

Kori March 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

You are so eloquent, I love it.
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Brien27 March 26, 2012 at 1:31 pm

What a great post to be read..its interesting and entertaining.Thanks for sharing these…
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