Thursday, July 19, 2012

this old routine

yesterday i swear the air stood still. the walk between the slamming of the car door and the unhinging of the mailbox at the end of the gravel drive was like pushing myself slowly through heavy steam. i pushed and pushed and met an equal resistance and was quite literally out of breath by the time i reached the bills and magazines.

and i opened the door to find robert napping, his work clothes still on and sweat still on his forehead, one arm propped lazily over his head beside the windowframe. and we ate tomato sandwiches and checked e-mail and sang a song at the same time that, for some reason or the other, was in both of our heads.

we saw mama and dad and took a walk around the yard. when the sun started feeling gracious and sunk itself back into the earth, we went outside and talked. and when it finally turned to dark on the old porch we went and sat on the long sofa. i curled up in that old blanket that's neither soft nor warm but wholly mine. and we talked some more until after midnight, dragging ourselves the ten feet to bed, the moon pouring itself through the cracked blinds.

i know some woman closed a big deal yesterday. i know someone got a promotion. someone cut her hair and feels brand new. someone got married and another engaged. a woman gave birth. someone, somewhere, probably had her life changed yesterday and july eighteenth is forever changed.

but we just had this old routine.

and i'd do it again. every second. over and over again. we can make a big moment out of the little ones, you and i.

9 comments:

Tiffany said...

I love this Courtney! Especially the last two paragraphs. Beautiful!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Janette said...

Reading your blog is like coming home after a long day at work, taking off your shoes, and snuggling on the couch with a good book. Love your thoughts and words...Mostly because the way you describe things makes me feel like I'm there...

xoxox
Janette the Jongleur

ps. I for sure thought Pablo would be mentioned in this post...Snuggling Pablo.

vintch said...

girl you know me too well. on a typical afternoon that's EXACTLY what i do. snuggle pablo until he can't take anymore:) but alas, he has been with the in-laws this week! we get him back tonight and i've already prepared his favorite peanut butter treats to celebrate.

i've also made his birthday slideshow, trivia game, cupcakes and banner, but that's a different story, haha:)

larisaa said...

(Janettes comment is exactly what I feel. Yes. I get so excited when I see a new post in my reader.)

That's just it. To not take the little moments, the ones that aren't promotions and engagements and new babies and haircuts and life changing slip by without being noticed. To live in each moment, not looking forward to the next big one. That's where I want to be.

And: I had my first tomato sandwich of the season and may have died and gone to heave. IT. IS. SUMMER.

Blondie's Journal said...

I agree with Janette, too. You capture feelings I never knew I had with your words. Life can be so incredibly simple if you just let it flow.

XO,
Jane

Magdalena said...

I love those big life events that turn a date from ordinary to special, but there's so much beauty in routine, and appreciating the little things.

Emry said...

That sounds like a perfect evening.

Sierra said...

I love your blog!!
xx,
Sierra
Oh, Just Living the Dream

kate said...

aww so wonderful as always. sounds like an evening that was a perfect balance of sweet and simple <3

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