Happily Behind

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sisters sunset

The grass in my front yard is longer than it’s been all summer. Weeds are gaining the advantage in the garden. More than a week ago, the bookshelves in my living room collapsed. Since then, I’ve had a small television set on the dining room table, baskets of yarn and embroidery floss tucked onto other surfaces wherever they’d fit, and a huge mound of books stacked in front of the front door. The shelves are stacked against one wall; the supports against another. I haven’t stepped foot in the studio in a week. I’ve missed at least three blogging days.

Normally, situations like this drive me crazy. Disorganized procrastinator that I am, I often find myself behind. Usually, I hate it. I berate myself for my laziness and neglect; I rant and rail about all the obligations that keep me from my tasks. I feel anxious and frustrated. Not this time!

My sisters came to the island last week! It was a welcome and long overdue chance to catch up. I spent the whole week enjoying their good company and smiling faces. I relished every conversation, loved every shared experience, and basked in the feelings of comfort and joy that come from  sharing time with people I love. I’m behind, yes, but happily so. It was absolutely worth it!

About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

7 responses »

  1. So glad to hear about your wonderful time with your loved ones. Let the clutter pile up–you were living with your heart wide open instead! Is this the first time you’ve been together since Hawaii?

    • My sisters weren’t in Hawaii with me, Kathy. I was there with my two daughters, and two of my grandchildren, which was also wonderful, despite the circumstances! My sisters and I took a vacation to Florida together in February, when the corona virus was just a blip on the radar. I hadn’t seen them since then. Which is not a terribly unusual length of time between visits, unfortunately, and makes every single visit all the more precious. Thanks for reading, Kathy, and for your comments!

  2. How luck you you are to have a gathering of wonderful sisters! I can tell by the glow that each one of you enjoyed this special time. Organize/snorganize. Family love is most important. xo

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