Today’s word: calm.
Yesterday, we were up at 4:30 AM to make the drive to Iowa City so our daughter could see what “being a Hawkeye” was all about. We ran around campus, did all the stuff, and even had a chance to visit my brother at the VA Hospital (he’s a big wig with the physical therapy department).
Then, we came to my wife’s Aunt Sharon’s house.
If you look up, calm, in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of this place, in a quiet neighborhood in Iowa City. It’s what calm looks like in it’s physical form. No rushing around, no bills to be paid, no dishes to be done, just a time to relax, recharge, and just be.
My wife and I have talked many times about how we can shed that skin we have to wear around at home and just enjoy being a little bit. Last night, Sharon insisted we go downtown and take part in a gallery walk that was being held by local artists. Well, if you insist! 🙂 So we did! It was chilly and we saw some awful art, but yet, we held hands, stopped at a bar for a drink, and just enjoyed the time together without the pressure of everything else around us. Today, we’ll go back downtown, maybe buy a book at Prairie Lights, an awesome independent bookstore downtown, get some shoes, then head out to the mall and enjoy the crush of people. I love doing that because it’s just so different than where we live.
Tomorrow is a long way away, so we won’t worry about the fact we need to get home quite yet. We’ll just continue to enjoy our new skin, just for a little while longer, before real life comes back to us.
Do you have that place where you cannot help but just relax, to shrug out of the “home skin” and just feel renewed?
March 4, 2017 at 10:14 am
Yep. Our lake place. I think everyone needs that calm place. And our house…and sometimes my classroom….
I’m making a life of calm…
March 4, 2017 at 10:19 am
Darin, while you have a calming start to March, I was startled by the howling winds that roared incessantly. I have to say being on Long Island I don’t feel the calmness of Iowa until I enter the yoga studio. Enjoy a bit of calm outside for me today. I’m going to find mine at yoga.
March 4, 2017 at 10:26 am
I smiled at your comment because I teach a life skills class and we talked about anxiety. I shared with the kids about a yoga video my wife and I did, and they looked at me like a grew a third eye. You? Yoga? I could see the wheels turning! Yes, while it’s sometimes painful (no flexibility here), I can see where the calm can come from! 🙂
March 4, 2017 at 11:02 am
It’s always great to find a calm place to recharge.
March 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm
What a lovely slice of your life today. Aunt Sharon’s sounds like just what you needed.
When I go to my sister’s in the summer I feel something similar. I help her with her work,. It’s physical and creative. Last year it was sawing and carving wood, staining and painting signs for her western town of El Dorado. She rents it out for weddings and other events. It’s so different from my normal world that I feel a sense of calm and relaxing when I do that work.
It feels good to be here again reading your blog. It’s been too long! All the best to your soon to be in college daughter! Wow!
March 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Not only a soon to be daughter, but a daughter IN college too! 🙂 Love to have you back with us! 🙂
March 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm
I think it is pretty impressive that you got up early to show your daughter a college prospect (if I understood the beginning correctly) and managed to follow this college visit with a soft, calm, romantic time with your wife. Kudos to the two of you for your amazing ability to ‘enjoy new skin,’ even if only briefly.
March 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm
Oh yes, my place is the beach. I just spent two months there, have been home for 2 days and already miss every wonderful thing about it! Glad you had a chance to get away and just be with your wife. Special times! 🙂
March 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm
I loved your slice and the build up to the calm. Your calm place felt so nice! My calm place is a book store, when I have time to look and enjoy, and I try to get there weekly. You were a new slicer last year and I am glad you are back.