Today I love Sunday. When I was a little girl, I remember going to Lefty Samsaw's grocery store (yes, that was really his name) in Outville, Ohio (yes, that was and is, really a town), with My Ol'Man to buy the Sunday Dispatch...translation, the Sunday funnies! There were other Sunday highlights, too, but that's the one that sticks out in my memory today. I loved spreading the funnies out on the living room rug with my little girl self and My (much younger) Ol' Man all sprawled out reading them together. In recent days...okay a few years ago...my own two kids would fuss and spat over who got to read the funnies first!
These days my Sundays are much different, and as much as I try not to be, I am a scattered person. On a good day I have trouble remembering where I am going and what I was going to do when I got there. Give me a wide open Sunday and I am all over the place!
I started the day today with my Wimpy Wii Workout. (I do "aerobics" while I watch DVDs or, as this morning, the news.) Yesterday the Wii told me I was 20 years younger than I really am! Yesterday I loved the Wii. We won't talk about what the Wii told me today, but you will notice that it's NOT what I'm loving today!
I had a bit of time after the Wii, before the day really got rolling, and I found these words rolling through my scattered brain: "Sweet Sunday silence..." I've been intrigued with haiku lately, having just purchased the book, Guyku, at the Dublin Literacy Conference last weekend for some haiku obsessed 7th graders. Sure enough, when I counted it out those three words added up to 5 syllables so I thought I'd give it a try. I know it doesn't truly fit the nature portion of the haiku definition, but I haven't seen the haiku police hanging around this end of the prairie lately, so I'm going to go for it!
Sweet Sunday silence
Softly falling snow, gently
Landing on my heart
Sweet words of wisdom
Seeping in, soothing the woes
Gathered through the week
*Confession...I also worked on it during service (Sorry, Rob!) where I not only heard a fantastic sermon, but also picked up a fantastic quote to share with my students this week:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Jim Elliot
After church The Man and I took a quick trip to the store...the good sales don't start til tomorrow, so the rest of the list will have to wait til then.
And now, it's much later in the day, the crockpot has a batch of mac and cheese bubbling away, there are fresh oatmeal craisin cookies on the back of the stove, and I am ready to settle down and love something, share my Slice of Life, get my lesson plans tucked away for the week, and finally give my students some feedback they've been waiting for on their own writings!
Later this evening, I am looking forward to folding laundry in front of a fire and The History Channel's take on the The Bible in their new miniseries. Looks like good stuff.
Yes, it's a scattered Sunday, but I guess I wouldn't have it any other way. Sometimes I have time to explore another hobby of mine...quilting. When I quilt I take small scraps and try to create something beautiful from them. I think of Sundays the same way. A moment here, a glimpse there, a song of praise, a prayer of thanksgiving, a meal, a small task or two, and if you are looking closely and don't miss it, you've put together a beautiful day.