But why not? Maybe it’s an even better petri dish in which to try my experiment.
It doesn’t get any more real than three reminders to close the front door tightly, a dozen or so requests for quieter bodies and voices because Mom and Dad are both trying to work, two pots of mac and cheese in the sink from separate lunch schedules, a handful of papers left on the kitchen table, waiting for the cat to spill water on. (She likes it fresh out of the glasses left half full on the table, and inevitably knocks one over sticking her whole head inside.) And did I mention how someone keeps leaving the front door open?
I’m sitting down to write as a game of keepaway is going on across the room. I don’t actually have my own office, just the living room where my computer lives and no doors to close. My daughter approaches and asks if I want to bake banana bread with her. My son comes over next to ask if they can turn on Spotify on the TV. Can't they see I'm trying to work?
The third is practicing his vertical lift for jump balls, seeing how far up the doorway moulding his fingers can reach.
For the moment, they aren’t bickering or yelling at one another. This must be a Divine offering.
I get up to reheat my tea, and they wander one by one into the kitchen where I stand by the stovetop waiting for the kettle. My suggestion that they wash their lunch dishes largely goes ignored, and I head back to my desk.
It’s quiet in the living room...for a minute.
They all come bounding back in as if I’ve called them with promises of mid-morning treats. I guess they just like to inhabit the same space as me.
I suppose, technically-speaking, this could be a gift from the Universe, too.
Sorry, do I sound jaded?
The good news is I’m not shut down so much that I can't laugh at myself. Thank you for that, Universe.
And the best news? The kids announce that they are heading to the park to play some game they’ve recently concocted. Bravo, Universe, bravo.
They even manage to close the door tightly on their way out.
What's showing up in your life in this moment? In what way might this be a nudge?
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