On our last day on the cape, Biff and I had some time alone on the beach. In between reading our books....Biff reading "The Box" and I was reading "The Glass Castle."
Biff, once again has the greatest book for him. detailed, specific, left brain, informative, intelligent, filled with little know facts that he'll be happy to share with his wonderful engineer geek customers.....not that there's anything wrong with that! We have geek in us as well! Biff has a charming geek side....I love that too....just as long as he doesn't share all of the boring details with me!
On the other hand, I was reading my book, The Glass Castle, which I had already read a few years ago. No, I didn't remember any details. I remembered tidbits. I'm easy to please. The incredible story of all of the family craziness and chaos had me whirling through the chapters. As usual, I am spellbound by the personalities of the characters in this horrific true story. I am amazed and astounded that the woman who wrote the story is able to live a "normal" life after surviving her childhood.
In between the pages of our books, the rising tides and the boats on parade, Biff and I took a minute....and I mean a minute.....maybe less. I said, "Biff...." He looked up from The Box. I questioned, "Did you leave our house. at home, in good shape?" ....."Uh. I was going to mention that....wow was I busy. I thought I'd get so much more done....." I had that feeling.
We can only hope for the best! I tried. I left the house in pretty good order. I cleaned. I tossed. I mopped. I even washed and brushed the dogs! Ever hopeful, I said, "The kitchen?"....."Nope...not that either." Oh well. That's when I wish I had my Samantha Stevens Superpowers! In Bewitched, she just had to wiggle her nose. Not so simple here.....I try....I'm not perfect..... It's o.k. But I wanted to be perfect! As Biff always reminds me..."If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans!" Ha Ha. Ha. Thankfully, I married a great guy with a sense of humor. He knows I'm not perfect and he loves me anyway!! Now that's more important to me than the perfectly vacuumed rug!
I tried. While everyone thinks that I was away lounging leisurely and quietly hedonistic, I was actually in training. In training for a marathon....I think NOT. I was in training to live with out being an a.d.d. homemaker. Homemaker. That makes me laugh. I can make a home. Our house is a home. Just not the perfectly kept home.
In my defense, I can't help the flying dog fur of our goldens, Fitzy. Daisy is eight with allergies....she sneezes occasionally. I try. I do the dishes. I wash the floor. I vacuum. I do all of the right stuff.....just not like the people who really know how to get the job done. On the cape, I realized while getting out my cereal.....I get out the bowl, I get out the milk, I pour the milk, I put the milk back in the fridge, I get the spoon, i get a banana, I get a knife, I cut the banana, I put the knife in the dishwasher.......on and on.
At home, there's the pivot problem. Fridge is on one side of the kitchen....sink on the other....utensils in the drawer on a third side....that's lots of pivoting...all for the sake of one cereal. That doesn't even include feeding others in my family. The dogs requires more than pivoting....the cat too.....probably more that sixteen steps for each animal. Isn't that confusing for someone who is reading a paperback for the second time around? Just sayin'.
Biff and I chatted about what had to be done at home. Then we went back to our books. We were happy to drop it. We were happy in our beach chairs. We were happy being together. We were happy that we each had a good book.
I came home with the usual zeal....my notes to self while watching Kit in action.....laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, order and organization......it's day one and a half......I'm still trying. I do try......and then....I get distracted.....gotta go...Biff and the kids are looking at pics in the other room on the other computer.........distracted, me? ya think?
The above pics make me think that there are others out there in the world who aren't the perfect becky home eckys either!