Friday, May 20, 2016

Dirty. Sweaty. Off The Grid.

The muscles in my body are sore. I got too much sun. The shower I took earlier was one of the best I've had in a long time. I left a ring of dirt around the tub. I had to scrub my fingernails and toenails with some elbow grease. I had no energy to make dinner so we ordered takeout (total cheat day). Right now, I'm sitting on the sofa, cool, clean, and sore. Reclined. All the kids are on my lap. I couldn't be happier.

"Where were you today, Mommy? Usually you're home with us. Inside. At your desk. We missed you."

Lisa took today off as a vacation day. For me, it's a work day. Or at least that's what my intentions were. Lisa had plans to dig up two areas in front of the porch for flowerbeds. I sat at my desk to work around 9 a.m. Lisa headed outdoors to begin around the same time.

An hour later, I gazed at my monitor with a blank expression. Nope. This is not where I want to be. I don't want to be indoors, at my desk, working. I looked at the pile of virtual work. Deep breath in. Exhale.

Five minutes later, I joined Lisa outdoors. We dug up some serious lawn, hauled the dirt over to our neighbors chicken coop, planted flowers, mowed, and got dirty and sweaty.

I was in the mood to have some earth caked in my fingernails.

I wanted to be off the grid.

As close to a social detox as I could possibly get even if just for the afternoon.

Mission accomplished.

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