I’ve been ‘off the grid’ for almost 4 weeks. I was blessed to have my out-of-state daughter and grandchildren stay with me for almost a month.
They’re gone now and the house is still – not just quiet, but still. There is no wind from children moving through and it is such a different sound.
My friends would check in and make sure I was fine – how are you holding up? Have you had enough yet? Ready for quiet?
My answer was always ‘no’. Not with sentimental energy of ‘I’m going to miss them when they’re gone’, but an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and blessing.
What a gift to immerse myself in their world, their eyes, thoughts, jokes, pranks, emotions, a-ha moments, cuddle moments, games, imagination, building projects, destroying projects, stories, tucking in, saying good morning, singing – so much singing! – their learning, exploring boundaries, loving.
It reminds me of being with the ocean – when I’m there I’m in the ocean and the ocean is in me and we dance.