Wednesday, April 20, 2011
In my previous post I wrote about Sue Bender's exercise in "clear intention and genuine effort." Just so you know, my life isn't usually like that. This week, as my kids enjoy their spring break, I've been practicing the opposite: some aimless wandering and a little bit of laziness. We're sleeping in (a little, anyway). We're letting the weather decide on our outings. The dishes are going mostly undone, clean linens unfolded, leftovers reheated.
Monday we slept in and had a movie day. (Go see Rio if you can--we all enjoyed every minute of it. Fantastic animation, great message, and wonderful shots of Rio de Janeiro.)
Tuesday I vowed to get an earlier start to our day and visit the aquarium. But in the morning I had a moment of very un-clear intention and indecision. I had a little wardrobe crisis (it's not winter any more with its sweaters and layers to hide the bulges), and all I wanted to do was crawl right back into pajamas and into bed. I did not want to face the Spring Break crowds at the aquarium.
But I also didn't want to disappoint my kids. So I dug out some comfy capris and got over my grouchiness, and I'm glad I did. At the aquarium we watched the jellyfish floating in their cylinders of glass, puffing out their gossamer bells and trailing threads in their slow ascent. We saw a diver feeding lettuce to a rescued sea turtle, whose missing left front flipper didn't seem to affect its graceful glide through the water. We enjoyed the puffins, who look cute and oblivious and clumsy on land, diving into the water and swimming faster than we expected them to.
Yes, the crowds were awful, and we were all on sensory overload after a couple of hours. So we took a break and walked along the waterfront, across several bridges, and over to Little Italy. At Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop ("The Place for Desserts!"), we ogled dozens of kinds of Italian cookies and pastries in the display case. I let my kids have Belgian waffles for lunch (one had his waffle topped with a melting mountain of ice cream). And I had the best sandwich I have EVER had--a veggie mufalato grilled panini-style. It was stuffed with grilled eggplant, artichokes, tomatoes, olive tapenade, and thick slices of mozarella.
We ended the day quietly, the kids building their own Lego Bionicles while I finished reading the epistolary novel Sorcery and Cecilia (another recommendation, if you like Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling). Then, as I read aloud Sharon Creech's Unfinished Angel (yet another recommendation; thank you, Zee, for both of these books!) and we giggled over the language, my youngest fell asleep, exhausted after a full day.
It was a day of small delights in unexpected places, like these fallen plum blossoms floating in a glass jar that I found when I was cleaning house on Saturday.
I'd love to hear what you have worried over and then delighted in this week.
Local chatter from ZenCrafter at 12:13 AM