on wednesday night scott and i, exhausted and in need of escape, watched the movie "about time". i won't give anything away, except that it's a great movie, and that one of its themes is the pleasure of living life to it's fullest: eyes open to wonder, a heart of gratitude, simplistic enjoyment.
friday was a pro-d day, and a day for me to gear down from my recently accelerated life of work and art classes and painting and mothering and housework and wife-ing. a day with long stretches unclaimed. i thought i would do my best to enjoy it 'to the fullest'.
i kept my ears open, and heard the hygienist in the cubical down the hall exclaim over my son "best seven year old ever!!!" i then marinaded in the moment of telling her "he's actually six". i listened as my daughter explained to her little brother that the tooth fairy couldn't bring him the giant pokemon tin because "she can't carry it in her little hands!!". i cherished the little smile the sales lady gave me when i quickly bought some pokemons behind his back.
i washed the floor to taylor swift. seriously - if you start feeling sorry for yourself halfway through your vacuuming, i highly suggest her "red" album for a quick cleaning pick-me-up. there's something about the tune "i knew you were trouble when you walked in...." that just makes my cleaning regime as close to fun as i think it can be. i belted it out and set my floor to sparkle. my kids sang along as they built lego.
i told my little ones the story of how their father showed me my first blue angel when we were first married, and how i laughed the hardest i have ever laughed. and how lighting your farts on fire is actually akin to waving around an uncontrolled flame thrower so under no circumstances should they attempt it. and their eyes were round as saucers and they covered their smiling mouths with their hands and looked at their father like he was a walking miracle.
i kept my eyes on the row while my family watched the lego movie, watched my son look like he was on the verge of tears when the main character was told he wasn't special, later watched both my kids laughing their heads off, teetering at the edges of their seats, and my husband smiling with his mouth wide. i was sitting beside leah and at one point i said "i am seriously crying in the lego movie" to which she responded "i'm bawling" and then we laughed and laughed. i love watching movies with leah, i can always count on her to have my emotionally sensitive back.
later we crossed the street walking like lego characters - "no knees!" i cried.
so, i would say it worked, this "in time" theory. i thoroughly enjoyed my highly normal day of dentist and cleaning and mothering and friendship. i suppose walking through your day with the expressed desire of looking for the best in whatever comes is a lot more fun then my usual - just making it through whatever comes.
so here's to tomorrow with open eyes and ears and heart, tastebuds ablaze, deep breath, fingertips alive, and spirit soaring. i hope you live it to its fullest.
(whoops! i posted this three days ago with the wrong movie title at the beginning. yikes! that could have got me in some serious trouble...thankfully the movie "in time" which i had mistakenly referenced is a Justin Timberlake movie, which i have also seen, but did not learn any life lessons from)