“Resting” in the Backyard, Part 1 (a play-by-play…)

August 13th, 2008

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a hard time resting.

I like to be working.

I like to be productive.

So just sitting and resting can be a challenge for me.

But usually that’s okay, because I can handle working.

It’s just those times when my body really needs me to rest, that it’s a little more difficult…..

For example, after my miscarriage, I gave myself a day to rest and then tried to jump back into normal life.

But it landed me wiped out on the couch every afternoon.

So, finally, I promised myself a day of rest.

Today I am not leaving my house, I told myself forcefully, I am going to sit on a chair in the backyard and rest.

I tried to occupy my mind by watching the cute Bubbers king wander around the yard.

He played with the swing set.

Walked around the deck.

And made his usual rounds.

But then all of a sudden, he headed for a part of the yard he rarely visits.

The side of our house…..

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….. With a chunk of deck that Charming et al. ripped off while moving our hot tub and hadn’t put back.

Bubbers happily started playing on the little chunk.

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And I happily admired how cute he looked with his hood up.

And how round his cheeks were.

And how little his hands were.

And then…..

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….. My eyes wandered beyond him.

To this monstrous plant that was trying to eat the side of our house.

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And made it impossible to use our French doors.

And as I sat there and stared at this huge monstrosity, I suddenly found myself thinking, “Hey, I’m not doing anything else right now.  I should go attack that thing.”

And without a second thought, I stood up, opened the shed, took out my gloves and pruning shears, and walked toward the house-eating plant with a determined glint in my eye…..

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….. And attacked the living daylights out of it.

But it wasn’t long before my uterus started complaining.

“Uh, Heidi?” my uterus said quietly.

“Yeah?” I replied as I clipped and pulled a vine with all my might, “What’s up?”

Then I tossed the vine onto the growing pile of branches on the ground next to me.

“Aren’t you forgetting something?” my uterus asked.

Forgetting something?” I repeated as I left the house-eating plant and started pulling weeds along the house.

“Yeah,” my lower back chimed in, “Aren’t you supposed to be resting??”

Suddenly my mouth dropped open, “Holy smokes, you’re right!”

I paused for a moment and then resumed my weeding.

“I totally forgot about that,” I said with laugh, “Let me just finish these weeds and cut down a few more vines, and then I’ll rest.”

I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten my promise to rest.

But I couldn’t stop right when I was almost done!

So, I finished up as fast as I could, and then really promised myself I’d rest.

I sat myself down in my chair and told myself, “You’re not moving from here for the rest of the day!”

So, I sat there.

For a whole minute.

And then I had to do something.

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So I called over the Bubbers king and pulled out the bubbles…..

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….. And he tried to eat them!

But it didn’t work.

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So then he flipped them over and tried again.

But it still didn’t work.

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So then I turned on his bubble machine and he became surrounded.

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And then I pulled out the bubble gun and made a big huge bubble mountain!

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And I watched his cute Wooga hands reach into the bubbles.

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And squish them between his fingers!

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And then squish some more!

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And then he up and stomped through them!

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But then he realized what he’d done.

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“I realize what I’ve done,” he said and asked me to make another bubble mountain.

So I did.

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And he immediately abandoned it…..

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….. And took off!

But I couldn’t move from my chair and follow him, because I’d really promised myself to stay put this time.

So, I called, “Bubbers!  Hey, Bubbers!  Come back and see what I’ve got!”

To be continued…

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5 Comments

Starwoodgal | 8/14/2008 6:37 am

Heidi:

I totally understand about the need to be busy. I do that too and feel the need to “project out” my life. It isn’t a bad thing in my book, but I pray you’ll be able to let go of that need for just a little bit and be at peace while God heals your body. I know that isn’t easy with a little one running around. He is so precious! Keeping you in our prayers.

 
Darcy D | 8/14/2008 10:14 am

Love your play by plays. They are so funny because they are so true to the toddler charachter! I love toddlers.

Keep trying at the resting thing, before you know it you’ll be an old pro like me! (The TV helps) email me if you want an inivte to my blog.. it’s privatized.

 
Jesse | 8/14/2008 11:03 am

Rest… what is that again?

Just kidding. It feels good to be busy, that’s for sure. And your body definitely has ways of letting you know when to take a break. Great job clearing the way for your french doors. That looks really nice!

Nothing is more restful than sitting back after a job well done. Just as long as the said job doesn’t cause you any harm!

 
Wandering Nana-Linda | 8/14/2008 8:39 pm

And a landscaper too? You really are a wonder… now sit down and enjoy your work of art.

 
Melissa | 8/14/2008 10:52 pm

Wow, that arch looks beautiful! Great work – even if you were supposed to be resting! ;) But I must say that it looked so romantic and mysterious before the pruning, as if those vines curling around the doorknobs were hiding the entrance to a secret room… Heehee I think I’ve let my imagination run away!

By the way, do you know what is growing all over it? Is it wisteria? (purple or blue clusters of flowers?) I LOVE wisteria. And that pic of the darling Bubbers trying to stuff the bubble container in his mouth was hilarious! I love bubbles!

 

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