Really Busy Doing Nothing?

 I feel like a new woman this morning. I am sort of back to work after three days of doing "nothing"-- except hanging out with a sick toddler and a brand new puppy. It has been a long time since I was a full-time mom for longer than  a day, and frankly, I don't know how I did it back then. If you live with a mother, take very, very good care of  her. Help her. There are so many simple things you can do that make a huge difference, such as walking the dog, changing the baby, picking up the toys, going to the grocery store. Cooking something. Anything. Grilled cheese. Peanut butter and jam. Coffee. A glass of wine. But I digress. You should have seen us--  one minute I was out in the driveway in the blowing snow, and then ice, and then hurricane force winds and driving rain, standing next to a puppy saying, "please go soon" while the baby looked at us through the window, and the next minute I was in the bathroom saying "please go soon" to the baby while the puppy scratched on the door. It was crazy and fun. I haven't laughed this hard in long time. (And I only cried once.) But I had wondered where my granddaughter came up with my new name-- Mimi-- and now I'm thinking I know-- and that there is some divine providence at work here. My late friend Mimi Gregg had me direct a community theater musical Carousel, back when I had two preschoolers, a baby, and was   pregnant. Mimi always said that if you want to get something done ask a busy person. I learned this week that she was so right. When one of my little charges took a nap and the other was quietly reading her stories or playing with toys in the window seat (and visa versa) I managed to write a Woman's Day column and an obituary (Rod Keup's service is today at 4:30 at the ANB Hall).  The thing is, they were both pretty good-- because I didn't have time to make them worse or fret. There's a lesson here. The world needs more busy mothers in positions of authority, for starters. I'd think of more things-- but the puppy needs to go out now, and some things cannot wait. -- Oh-- one more thing-- if you are able, attend the DDF cake auction and performance tonight at 7:00pm at the Haines school--  the sweets will be terrific, the money goes to send the team to the state championships, and the drama and debate team kids are really impressive communicators and entertainers. (Which reminds me, it's time for someone to direct another play to showcase their talent...)



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