What is this quiet?

When life calms down after what seems like a seven-year biblical
plague of chaos, every quiet moment comes with the natural worry that
there must be something that is being neglected. The last week has
been like this several times–no doctor appointments, nothing extra–
just the regular schedule. Drop off kids at 8, go to work, pick up
kids at noon, go home and do chickens and chores. Then there are big
gaps of time where there is no pressing thing until dinner.

Weird. Of course, there are the ever-present things–bills, more
cleaning, the writing projects. I could always log in and do more
work, and sometimes have to. I teach voice on Wednesdays and then,
after Dave gets back from EQ meetings I have pie-n-cry with Elaine in
the late evening at 9 (highly recommended!). I have WW (my AA) on
Thursday nights with friend and co-worker Kim.

The kids fight and make messes and are loud, but for the most part
are rather low maintenance. It is hard to remember to put active
parenting on my list, but I'm trying to. They're fun to hang out
with most of the time.

I'm so lucky, because both Ben and Sophie do their homework after
school almost entirely independently. Chores take some daily
cajoling, but usually it doesn't take too much bellowing. Ben just
got a paper route and is about to go from blue to red belt in Tae
Kwon Do–I'm really proud of him. Sophie has demanded singing
lessons of her own, and though I don't do hardcore training, she
learns songs so well, sings on pitch and has the cutest smile as she
sings. Noah has just started with his own formal chores and is
busily building with blocks and driving little cars around it seems
half the day. He and Lucy love their little preschool and she's
identifying letters and talking wonderfully. Probably helps that she
can hear now. She's still dealing with some pain, but that surgery
for tubes and adenoids was definitely a good idea.

I feel happy, and that's weird. I feel peaceful. I don't recall
taking any drugs. What is this quiet?

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6 replies
  1. Pam says:

    I am glad that you are getting a break. I didn’t know that Lucy had surgery. I am glad that it went well and that improvements are happening. Enjoy the rest.

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  2. Pam says:

    I am glad that you are getting a break. I didn’t know that Lucy had surgery. I am glad that it went well and that improvements are happening. Enjoy the rest.

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  3. Gina says:

    Valerie! What a nice change of pace for you. I really miss talking with you. Tell me more about WW. I could use some of that, or the pie ‘n cry. Glad life isn’t hammering you at the moment.

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  4. Gina says:

    Valerie! What a nice change of pace for you. I really miss talking with you. Tell me more about WW. I could use some of that, or the pie ‘n cry. Glad life isn’t hammering you at the moment.

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