I’ve been in a real homemaking mood today. Unfortunately, I don’t have the luxury of someone else paying my bills, so I had to work. What I really wanted to do was clean the kitchen and fold the laundry and dust mop the floors and cook.
Why, you may logically ask, would I want to do those things that are considered drudgery? Because they’re good, solid things stable people do and I want to feel like I’m one of those kind of people who do those kinds of things. Because there’s a beauty to kitchen counters that gleam and lemonade made with freshly squeezed lemons and a simple syrup boiled in a heavy saucepan. Because there’s satisfaction in having the laundry all done – a task that can actually be completed. Because those things give me a sense of control when life feels very out of control.
I did get some of those things in today, but they’re not as enjoyable when I’m constantly thinking about the other things the world wants. That list seems to grow exponentially day by day. And it is filled with things that take tremendous energy and brain power and can drag on and on. Sometimes I want to tackle a task that I can actually complete, with a defined beginning, middle and end – like washing the dishes.
But some tasks today gave me an opportunity to be in the moment and appreciate the simplicity of them. I planted a cucumber, an eggplant and some flat parsley. I made an ice ring with lemon slices and mint pulled from my flower bed, frozen in freshly made lemonade. I washed dishes for a bridal shower I’ll give in a few weeks. And I thought about how I want to make a living being me. Some days being me means homemaking. And everyday should include some beauty and it is often found in simple things.