Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I've got a tote bag full of mail and bills waiting for me inside. A birthday party needs to be planned and shopped for. Dance recital coming up in a few weeks. I should clean the house. I should do a few loads of laundry.

Can you see how a shady spot outside with a glass of iced tea is especially appealing? This delightful weather usually lasts a few short weeks before we are driven indoors by heavy heat and humidity. When I insist on time outdoors, I'm rewarded with sweat-drenched clothes and mosquito bites. I grit my teeth and go outside in the summer, mainly because I dislike spending all my time indoors. Being outside gives me a sense of peacefulness and calm, even when I feel like I'm being slow-roasted. In the summer, the grimy, stinky, sticky price I pay is worth the suffering. It keeps my sanity mostly intact.

Today, however, the only ones suffering are my chores and responsibilities. They are suffering from neglect.

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