Tuesday, August 12, 2014

why go outside?

It was 4:37 in the afternoon and I hadn't gotten as much done during naptime as I had hoped. There were still so many things I needed to get done and just a little over an hour before Steve would be home. Starting to feel overwhelmed, I started running around the house trying to prioritize what needed to get done. Riggs was following me around, "I wanna go outside, mama," over and over (and over).

I closed my eyes and wished I had some help so that he could play outside while I finished chores inside. I felt guilty that we hadn't gotten outside yet. I felt guilty that I didn't have everything done. I felt guilty that I was feeling so grumpy and was being short with him while trying to get everything done. And then the baby started crying, needing me too. 

At that moment, I knew it wasn't the chores I needed to be doing. I needed to get outside. I needed to get outside. I opened the front door, "Everybody outside!" I said, and both Riggs and Tutka ran excitedly down the stairs and into the yard. I nursed Raina while I watched Riggs play, and then laid her down to nap in the sunshine. I breathed deeply of the fragrant summer air, feeling my shoulders drop and some of the tension leaving my neck. I leaned my head back against the railing and just soaked it in.

I listened to the gentle gusts of wind as they came closer and closer, the ebb and flow of rustling leaves so soothing. I heard the chimes hanging from the porch above me as they rang against each other merrily with the breeze. The birds sang as they flew to and from the feeder and the flapping of their tiny wings so close to me as they hovered here and there brought a smile not only to my face but to my soul. 

Riggs came up to the porch and sat cross-legged with me and then when we saw a trail of ants marching by us we watched them intently for over fifteen minutes. The clouds kept on floating by overhead, and I thought of a quote I've read over and over:

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
Lao Tzu


  1. Love this post - so glad you all went outside - lovely!

  2. Yes! The kids know best when it's time to slow down and just live in the moment. And somehow, everything still does get done. Love this post! I've had the exact same experience over and over again.

  3. I could not YES! this any more. We had five days straight of continuous rain and I thought I was going to flip a lid because I NEEDED to get out of the house so bad. I considered driving to the local mall to walk around, just for a change of scenery. Thankfully, the weather here in VA is now blissfully cooler and less humid than normal and there are DAYS of nothing but sunshine in the forecast. We're going to be spending A LOT of time outside the rest of this week!

  4. love love love! What a perfect quote too, I've never happened to hear that one.

  5. How lovely! I love that quote!