Summer House

In the summer, when the sun is shining, we blow through our home like the wind of another season.  Things are prioritized differently on blazing days and, even when we're summering through the confines of a terminal disease and a napping toddler, our days are full.  And so our house is a mess.
We pass through for meals, sometimes, moving the pancake plates out of the way for dinner.  We breeze by to change clothes, to repack purses and bags, to grab towels and suits or to throw on a skirt.  Our days fill with walks to the farmers market and bridal showers, ice cream with friends and splashes at the park, watching bears at the zoo and looking for bugs in the backyard.  We visit the house just long enough for a flurry of things to happen, but not long enough for any of it to be recovered.  We spend time at home when the moon hushes our happenings to sleep, often resting in sheets that have long ago been laundered.  On gloomy days we tend to want to remember what it feels like to sit on our couch rather than tidy late night sewing projects or sort piles of mail.  Wasting time in a way that's too enjoyable to consider wasted, we neglect some things so that others can be savored.
The air is crisp and requiring our attention are taco truck tours and tailgating parties, weekend weddings and tiny tot tumbling, apple orchards and pumpkin patches.  Sidewalk chalk on the path and shopping bags on the dining table can wait, because right now there's only extra time for things like laughter in the bathtub and hugs in the hammock.  At this point, I'm afraid the house isn't going to be picked up before it falls


Poppy John said...

Jenni Baby,
You're cool. Start doing what we do...make cleaning the house and doing the dishes a "winter project".


P.S. Grandma Sandy bought a used disco ball for five dollars at a yard sale...party tonight!

The Wendels said...

I think your priorities are just perfect all year round.

Audriana said...

That's one of the most precious pictures I've ever seen :)

I think it's great that you recognize that dishes and laundry will keep...making memories and treasuring life is what matters. I've never heard anyone say they regretted not doing the dishes more often!

Praying for your family as always.

andrea | jene said...

Beautifully written!!! And a big thank you this morning because now I feel less guilty about the messy house and more gratitude for the moments I enjoyed this weekend.

Debi said...

Precious picture! The right priorities- spending time with loved ones. As always, you, Celia and your family are in my heart and thoughts and prayers.
Love and hugs and prayers,

Smitty 1, 2 , 3 and 4 said...

Beautiful picture. Just. Beautiful. Captures the moment perfectly. Love and prayers to you this day and everyday,

p.s. Cleaning dishes suck. Okay, maybe I could choose a better word. Over-rated? That is what dogs are for, right? ;)