27 January 2010

dear january 2010...

dear january 2010...

oh the plans we had!
starting off the year with
a burst of organization & creative fun...
we were going to get everyone off to school
& solidly into their schedules
& then we were going to organize each week:
mondays for computer stuff
tuesdays for cleaning out specific spots in the house
wednesdays for collapsing in a heap

& the art & crafts...oh the art & crafts!
such wonders had never been seen...
valentines to make even the coldest hearts fall
madly, deeply in love...
decorations to turn houses into homes...

& then came the illness
i know i don't have to remind you about all
that the illness entailed
the lack of kleenex & nyquil in our house
is a sad reminder...
oh, january 2010!
every night i would think
'tomorrow is our day!
i will feel better & go make some stuff
& fold the laundry
& pick up the kleenex'
but alas
tomorrow came
many many tomorrows
& what did i have to show for it?
four books read
& many afternoon couch sessions with the kiddos...
& then last week
it looked like the fog had lifted
i only took half a shot of nyquil before bed
the kleenex was only ankle deep...

& then saturday!
i had to turn & get out of the car
& something
some weird thing in my back did some weird thing
(i didn't take anatomy, does it show?)
& in an hour or so i was in such an immense amount of pain
that i was crying....
goodbye valentine crafts!
see you later!

a little voice in my head said
'well january was a loss'
& i was just about to agree with it
as i am prone to do when i am in pain & tears...
but let's just back up a minute
how did i spend january again?
reading good books
(reviews to come)
watching great movies
(reviews to come)
& hanging out with my sweet, wild kids
(review: five thumbs up
realistically, i'm sure my kids would have at least one thumb down)

january 2010, my first monthed friend
that actually sounds like a great way to start the year off:
doing only what really needs to be done
enjoying life
loving it up with my family...
a waste it was not

bonus lessons:

from my grandma:
when you're off your feet & can't do anything
you find out that you don't have to do it all
& everything goes on fine without you
(said with the utmost love :)

& from me
(i love it when i teach myself a lesson)
there's another january next year...
yes, i know it's hard to believe
but all of this stuff
all of these great ideas
they can be kept & held tight & remembered
& brought out next year
because there's always another january
just 11 months away...

but don't worry, january 2010
i will always remember you
& be thankful to you
for teaching me my lessons about
life, books & the calendar...

enjoy these last few days
they do seem to fly by...
emily ruth



Janna said...

This is so beautifully written! You've captured it so well! Hugs!

us three said...

i just LOVE reading your blogs! God has gifted you. sincerely hope some of your writings make into a book on paper one can hold in their hands (like when your sick). :)

jmbmommy said...

Good perspective...the ideas will keep... you spent the month with loved ones. Maybe not how you would have chose originally, but it is still what you got. Love you friend! Take care of your self

katherine said...

A very fun post! One that I found randomly by hitting the "next blog button. I'm bookmarking you now! : )