Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Saturdays

I used to dread the weekends. You know, back then. But now I love them and I especially love Saturdays. With the warm spring days I can open up the house and let the sunshine and the breezes in.  I pull all the sheets off the bed for washing, make a fresh salad or lemonade popsicles for the kids. All the neighbors are outside and the kids run in and out of the house, back and forth with their friends.

It's funny, even though I've lived here for eight years, I never knew my neighbors before now.  My husband would yell at the neighbor kids if they walked through our yard and had estranged at least two sets of neighbors this way. It was...uncomfortable. But after he left they started coming over to check on me. "Are you okay?" they'd ask. In the winter they would show up and shovel my driveway. Now that the weather is warmer I come home to find my lawn mowed. I know all of them now. They have my back.

Saturdays have become my day to tidy, to cook, to work in the yard. Today one of the neighbors came over and tilled my vegetable bed for me (my back is still sore from the accident). I pulled weeds and the kids rescued a toad that had fallen into the basement window well. The lawn was damp from recent spring storms and the yard was teeming with wildlife.


Look at this adorable bra strap. Wait. No. Bunnies! Look at the baby bunnies.

 
Here's a closer shot. Hold still little bunnies. We're trying to take your picture!


 Newly hatched robins


 Toad. Grateful for being rescued (though he hides it well)




I'm feeling a sense of peace return to the home. After the endless, frozen months of winter, I feel my heart beginning to come back to life with the rest of the world. I sit with my kids and play a game of Trash or make up silly stories or just listen to their minds at work and I don't feel like I have to be anywhere else. I wipe the counters clean and stack up my pottery bowls. I marvel at the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, reappearing on store shelves. I feel like a flower that has been tightly closed for a long time that is just starting to open.

I am making a peace -- a precarious sort of peace -- with my life here. It's where I am now and I'm settling into it.

And Saturdays. They have become my favorite day.




P.S. Did anyone else notice that on this Saturday, the day of Rapture, my feed count was at 666? Guess who was not sucked up into heaven? x

P.S.S. This blog post was rudely interrupted by not one, but three tornado sirens. You know it's springtime in Kansas when...





26 comments:

  1. thats beautiful hun'its so wonderful to see you healing and what beautiful neighbours you have.
    Its amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul
    xxx

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  2. My neighbors are incredible. All this time and I never knew. I'm so grateful. And yes, the sunshine helps too! x

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  3. Loved reading this Wanderlust and the pics are so gorgeous too. Spring is truly sprung in your part of the world. That place of peace you wrote about? I get that completely. In a different context but the meaning is still the same for me. And I hope your back injury heals quickly. x

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  4. a)I did notice the bra strap first, lol.
    b)I was scared the photo of the bunnies was going to be the toad. I was so relieved. UNtil I scrolled down.
    c)I cannot believe that you put a picture of a toad on your blog. Don't you know how freaked out I get by toads?
    d)I hate that you live where tornadoes are. Funny that I'd not put You and Kansas and tornadoes together until today. Duh.
    e)I think your neighbours will miss you when we all get together and steal you the hell away to Australia.



    Mostly, I just love this post. I love that they have your back. I love that they are looking after you.

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  5. @ Sarah - glad you're feeling the same peace. x

    @ Melissa - I'm sure they will all live if you manage to steal me away! It's funny though, they amaze me. I was out of town and extended my trip a couple of days and a got a call from the police. My neighbor (I didn't even know her first name, or that she knew anything of my situation) had called the police because I didn't show up at home when I told her I'd be back. I was a bit shocked. But pleased. Word gets around. They have their eyes open.

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  6. Spring - it's renewal for more than the land. As for the Robins in the nest, that speaks volumes to me.

    your neighbours sound just lovely too, what a wonderful place to be home in.

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  7. PS I love this post. I reads so peacefully xxx

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  8. Tornado sirens, my God, take care. Oh another matter, great post, who wonderful that your neighbours are who they are, that they have reached out to you and the children. We all need neighbours like that. Enjoy your Spring as I enjoy my Autumn. Oh, and not only did I see that gorgeous bra strap, but sure there was some cleavage there too - lol. xxx

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  9. I'm smiling.

    Peaceful, warm, content -- exactly where you need to be right now.

    xxx

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  10. Saturdays are made for kids, laughter and garden games... so pleased you are reconnecting with your neighbours. Nothing feeds a person's sense of place than community.

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  11. What a beautiful post.
    I feel delighted for you - and peaceful for me - after reading it.
    Thank you.
    Enjoy - Saturdays & everydays.
    :-)

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  12. Bunnies - us look at the bunnies

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  13. This post makes me happy. It reads peaceful and content.
    I hope that every Saturday can be this awesome for you. They'll be even better in Australia though ;)
    x

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  14. Oh what a lovely post. It's definitely warmed my heart to feel your healing just by reading your words. And those bunnies, oh so cute.
    Your neighbours sound amazing. Us Aussies are friendly like that too. Well I like to think so. You're lucky to have them xx

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  15. Was that THE bra strap? Sexy bra strap?

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  16. how wonderful, mama. I am so happy that you're finding peace and a home in the middle of it all.

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  17. @ Nikki - no, not The Sparkly Bra. This is a hot pink one. :)

    @ Steve - So true about community. It's such a lovely feeling.

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  18. Wow, three sirens? Yikes. Gorgeous bunnies (bra strap not bad either...)! This post made me feel very warm inside for you. I can hear happiness in your writing voice. Brilliant. And your neighbours: surely angels on Earth, no? xxx

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  19. Oh, I can definitely relate to this post - just divorced and moved out in March. My new place has huge lilac bushes that have filled the air with their fragrance for weeks now. Heavenly. Feel like I'm just now making my way out of the darkness... and I'm so glad to hear you are too! ;)

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  20. You are beginning to notice and accept the beauty that is life. If anyone deserves this....it is you. Peace

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  21. Spring is one of my favourite times of the year. Enjoy your new found peacefulness. x

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  22. I love how your neighbours are surrounding you with peace. Saturdays are great. You sound content.

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  23. I love weekends now too. Sundays are my favourite. My kids have a better home life now than when I was married.

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  24. That made me warm and fuzzy,I love that you are all enjoying a new sense of being and lust for life.Spring is a beautiful time of year.Wildlife is awesome in spring.Keep it up and I so glad you have discovered a wonderful community outside your door.

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  25. Ah, great post! We have found that great neighbours can make just about any place a great place to live.

    It is so nice to hear that happiness creeping back into your writing.
    Jenn xx

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