I sit here looking at my warming soothing ….

I sit here looking at my warming soothing fireplace, somewhat disconcerted because this was to be a go getum kind of day. Instead it is a day of naps, reading blogs and watching fav movies, which so far have included Ghost and The Blind Side.

It occurred to me that it is okay to succumb to lethargy and snuggling today. Physically, emotionally and spiritually I am drained and now I see today as a day to recharge. Batteries only recharge when plugged in and at rest.
I wasn’t sure I was even capable of a post.

But then my friend Katherine Gordy Levine at emotfit.wordpress.com responded to my ‘I asked for wisdom’ post with this:

“Reminds me of my favorite line from the movie The Field of Dreams.

Some days you win.
Some days you lose.
Some days it rains.

My mother raised me on a number of sayings. Two were: “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” and “Nothing ventured, nothing gained. ”

As she often does Katherine got me thinking about sayings we we raised on way back when in the middle of the last century, and that took me to thoughts of my Dad. I have written about my Mom and others, and although I was always closer to my Dad I have not yet felt ready to share him with y’all quite yet. But sayings we had a’plenty.

A WORD FITLY SPOKEN is like pitchers of silver and apples and gold, the source of course being the bible. Dad had us repeat those words whenever we argued with each other, and chose to ignore the fact it was recited in a pouty grump of a voice. It must have worked as we all speak pretty decently to folk and adulthood seems to have taken care of our need to argue. We all genuinely like each other in addition to the required sibling love and socialize often.

Every ‘goodnight daddy see you tomorrow was met with, “if the good Lord is willin’

Mom’s frequent saying was, ‘You made your bed, now you have to lie in it.’. I had to give this one lots of thought because it seemed to me that I lie in my bed whether I made it or not. Some things I spent a lot of time figuring out I wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

In the winter with five kids in and out a lot it was: ‘Close the door we’re not heating up the outside.’

Well now I could stretch my mind for more nuggets of the past but will settle for the night and get this posted before my midnight. I’m still kicking around the 365challenge but not sure what one field or area I could blog on 365 of anything…I mean 366challenge.

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Single Malt Monkey
    Jan 07, 2012 @ 09:48:15

    Lovely post. Thoughtful and a nice pace. I’ve learned to accept battery-charging days too. No good running on empty. One of my family’s regular sayings was “No, and I don’t mean maybe”. Which, given time, meant that you could move the topic on to “maybe” and then later “Yes” if you were really good. :)

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  2. Emily Cannell
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 20:31:50

    My mom had a few too-

    “I`d rather be 40 than pregnant” and my other favorite “No guts no glory”

    Have a Great New Year and enjoy your relaxing! You deserve it.

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  3. Katherine Gordy Levine
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 09:20:13

    Hadn’t read this when first posted. Taking a few rainy day. Caught up today. Reblogged and Thank you again.

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  4. Katherine Gordy Levine
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 09:18:14

    Reblogged this on Emotfit's Blog and commented:
    How nice for me that the first blog I read as the sun is rising warms my heart. Not just because you mentioned me–that was the first warming ray, I will admit, but because of all the sayings your post evoked through mine and then the memories of your father and his sayings. Thank you and thank those who commented. Loved all the sayings. Will reblog.

    So grateful my Cranky Old Man is a Shabbat observing Jew. Taught me that there are also as days you have to pray for rain, so you can snuggle in bed or do only what you want.

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  5. Katherine Gordy Levine
    Jan 04, 2012 @ 09:14:52

    How nice for me that the first blog I read as the sun is rising warms my heart. Not just because you mentioned me–that was the first warming ray, I will admit, but because of all the sayings your post evoked through mine and then the memories of your father and his sayings. Thank you and thank those who commented. Loved all the sayings. Will reblog.

    So grateful my Cranky Old Man is a Shabbat observing Jew. Taught me that there are also as days you have to pray for rain, so you can snuggle in bed or do only what you want.

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  6. Kathryn McCullough
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 10:51:05

    Amen, Chris!

    My grandmother’s favorite saying was, “Don’t run, you’ll make dust.”

    Enjoy your recharging. You deserve it!

    Kathy

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  7. Chatter Master
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 05:22:23

    Thanks for sharing your dad! :) With 8 of us running around dad had ways of saying things that were different too. I don’t ever remember him telling us to “shut up” or “be quiet”. But he would often say “can it”. Which I knew to mean ‘be quiet’. But I didn’t get until I was much older. Put it in a can and put a lid on it! “Shut up” would never have been acceptable from him (though we said it to each other :) But “can it” was acceptable. He also use to say “are all girls squirrelly or are all squirelly people girls”. :)

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  8. barb19
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 02:45:41

    We all need a day to chill out and do nothing, so don’t feel guilty Chris, sounds like that’s exactly what you need. Re-charging the batteries is necessary now and again.

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  9. souldipper
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 00:45:04

    My father used to make up statements on the spot that would stop us dead in the middle of our fights because we either had to think about them or because they were so funny. I really am sorry that we didn’t write them down…

    I give myself days off on occasion – put all the jobs to one side and do only what I want. Today when I got up late, I puttered around in the kitchen until I decided I was hungry. I felt so grateful for the freedom to live this way.

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  10. judithhb
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 00:09:25

    Just rest and recharge. We can wait for you to be ready to entertain and amaze us again.

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