The sweet, serene air of a Delta Saturday greeted me as I rose this morning. I pulled my hair into a top knot and put on a soft white dress. I tightly laced my new shoes and padded around the house, making lists. But my friend Kimberley called from Kansas City. Then the mail arrived, with a couple of tempting packages. Before I realized what had happened, lunchtime had come. I found myself standing at the stove waiting for quinoa to cook. Tiny tomatoes, halved and soaked in vinegar, nestled in parsley, green onion, and fennel dressing.
After my lunch, I came upstairs to do a little work. But the shadows played across the meadow. I gazed through the transom at the dancing sunlight. I should be out walking, I told myself. I should find my stick and a sweater and stroll down to the garden.
I meant to get outside early. I wanted to spray the side of the house and the succulents around my tree before the heat rose in the park. Laziness stole into my veins. I did nothing more challenging than wash the breakfast dishes and send a few emails.
I see the spiders have overtaken the crystal on the transom sill. I definitely must take my whisk to their work. A spray of vinegar will cut through the dusty glass. Tomorrow, I promise myself. I listen to the sounds of the park. A mourning dove coos overhead. Some small brown bird scampers across the grass next to my deck, chattering to its companion.
I’m not much of a napper but I could carry a book out onto the porch and pretend to read, while the hummingbirds flit overhead, and the woodpecker hammers away at the old oak across the road. The cobwebs can wait.
It’s the twenty-seventh day of the seventh-eighth month of My Year Without Complaining. Life continues.