day 359: my time

Geo turns over gently when I slither out of bed, doing my best not to wake him. I get up and sneak into the dressing room where I slide on my sweats and my tennis shoes before quietly closing the door.

No food or water before I go. Just me and my thoughts walk down the front walk toward the mountains, where the sun is acting all shy, hiding from me.

Then I climb the hill toward the warmth, saying a quiet little prayer that the glow will pop out and cook me a little as I go. And when it does I close my eyes and walk right into it, like a guest who has been invited into the parlor for tea.

By now I am pretty awake and ready to think about things that matter to me. Is my 14-yr old getting the attention he needs and deserves? Did I say the right thing to my friend when she asked my advice? I need to really go through those boxes downstairs.

I am back home now, after a few miles and a few hundred thoughts. The bedroom door is still closed as I hear the dogs rustling around. Out they go as I sit and read or type. My time with my body and my mind. And we get reacquainted.


Melanie Jacobson | August 13, 2010 at 11:50 PM

I need to learn to carve more of these moments out for myself. I guess to everything there is a season and my season for a little more quiet will come.

Robin | August 14, 2010 at 12:55 AM

There is something to magical and precious about alone time. I think this is especially true for mothers.

I am glad you found time to be with you.

LisAway | August 14, 2010 at 3:51 AM

Oh. I think I am going to start walking early in the morning. Thanks for that. (and I DID NOT know you have dogs!)

Rachel Cotterill | August 14, 2010 at 4:23 AM

That sounds like an important piece of time to spend with yourself - and very peaceful, too.

Dedee | August 14, 2010 at 7:10 AM

I need some alone time.

But probably not today. . .maybe.

Beautifully written.q

CiCi | August 14, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Mornings are so special like that. I can picture you on your walk. Peaceful. I can relate to your thought about your fourteen year old getting enough attention. For me, the early mornings are coffee in front of the computer for letter writing to relatives or blogging. A couple hours before I make breakfast. But I like your way of the early morning solitary walk. Hugs to you.

Momza | August 14, 2010 at 8:36 AM

lovely picture you've presented of your morning time. I'm so looking forward to the next week when school is back in session and I have my quiet time again.
After a long summer, I need it so.

Kristina P. | August 14, 2010 at 9:59 AM

I feel like I often spend my alone time on petty things that don't matter. I need more introspection time.

mermaid gallery | August 14, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Those morning walks are so wonderful...when the mind is rested and the sun is peaceful...I felt it....

Bossy Betty | August 14, 2010 at 11:20 AM

We all absolutely need this!

Unknown | August 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM

I do this, only at night. I sat outside on my patio the other night, wondering exactly the same things about my 14-year old. Quiet time is so precious, and so rare!

Kim | August 14, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Oh, how I love the moments alone, especially when it just me and the pavement. Those moments still fresh in my mind especially when I walk up to a rain covered earth and know that all has been cleansed, now it is my turn to bask in the beauty of it all.

So well put! I love those thoughts, thanks for sharing

Kim | August 14, 2010 at 5:15 PM

ps: meant to put wake, not walk


Ca88andra | August 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Now that sounds like a wonderful way to start the day!

Heather | August 14, 2010 at 9:43 PM

I miss those moments. Now I am afraid my baby will wake up. Maybe in a few months from now I can start up again.

Connie | August 14, 2010 at 11:50 PM

Walking is the best time to think and enjoy the beauties of the earth. A big glass of water would help you get through those 2 miles.

Marianne | August 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

That is EXACTLY what I am going to know, in a few weeks when I'm back on BOTH feet.

The Way I See It | August 15, 2010 at 10:39 PM

That is my favorite thing to do. It's my kind of meditation, and it's like taking a big, long drink. Ahhh!

Mrs4444 | August 16, 2010 at 12:34 AM

Beautiful. I've been feeling this way, lately; taking nice, long bike rides. However, rather than "walking right into it," I am pedaling like mad to escape it!haha

Jenny | August 16, 2010 at 7:08 AM

early morning is my favorite time of day. Just for the quiet.