Happy Spring! Sunday was my birthday and I enjoyed a sunny early spring day here in Michigan. Our church sings “Happy Birthday To You” if your birthday is on Sunday so I had that special treat. (Caroline was thrilled. LOL!)
Sometimes when I sit down to write these weekly posts I feel like my life is very lame and uninspiring. I don’t have pictures to share of all the fantastic things I did or created this week. I don’t have stories of places I went or people I entertained.
And then I realized something.
Most people throughout history have lived a life similar to mine. It was a day-to-day living of life with the routines of responsibility. Yes, the tools we use might look different, but there is a sameness to life that most people experience.
Caroline and I are finishing up reading These Happy Golden Years aloud. I was struck how at various times during these books the story jumps ahead months at a time. In just a sentence or two, Laura advances the story to the next “big event” she wishes to highlight. Isn’t that rather like our own lives? Many days and weeks and months where nothing very significant happens? Simple, daily living with an event of some kind interrupting the flow of sameness.
Obtaining and preparing food, eating meals, washing dishes, doing laundry, keeping the house clean, homeschooling, reading a book, going to church, talking with family around the fire, talking with a neighbor, and sleep.
Doesn’t that sound like the routine of much of the world for much of time?
In that way, I have a great deal in common with those who have gone before me.
In that light, I really don’t have anything exciting to share this week. Most of the work I did went on in my head, in conversations with others, and online so I don’t have any pictures to share. I do have a mostly clean house, laundry in process as I’m typing, a stocked pantry, and a happy family. That counts for a great deal in my book.
Maybe next week there will be something more exciting to share. In fact, I made the decision to move these weekly posts to Friday as a way of recording what I did each week instead of a goal setting post on Monday. So if you look for these posts, I’m going to try them on Friday for a bit.
So what happened around your home this week? Did you do anything interesting? Knock something off your to do list? Do you ever struggle with feeling like your life should be more exciting? Or do you feel comfortable with the sameness of life?
Artwork: “A mother and child at a window” by Carl Vilhelm Holsøe