“It is quiet time. Find a book. Get a puzzle. Curl up and take a nap. Anything, anything but noise!” Every day I say it, and every day, they resist it, but they need the quiet time. They can’t just go and go and go. Neither can I. Sometimes everything has to slow down so we can take a deep breath.
In our house, this is what we do every day at 2 p.m. Or 3ish. Whenever the laundry is done, anyway. The little ones sleep, the big kids read, draw, or put together puzzles so they can rest their minds from the activities of the day. And we have been ACTIVE! Mostly school stuff, of course, but also doctor visits and playing hookey in the park on the weird, warm days we’ve been having. Without quiet time, we’d be tired and cranky and, most likely, sinful in attitude and behavior.
I use quiet time to write—sometimes here and sometimes other places. Lately, though, quiet times have been quieter for me than even that. I’ve been reading and playing games instead of doing constructive things like, um, Twitter parties. I guess I’ve needed a little bit of virtual quiet time, too.
For the past several weeks, we’ve been slowly finding our way out of the haze of newbaby. In case you hadn’t heard of it, newbaby is the condition into which an entire family must fall for at least four months after a new addition joins the family. It is a foggy, lost feeling that affects us all as we rebuild our relationships and routines to include another small person. It has been necessary, unfortunately, to make social media relationships—blogging, Facebook, Twitter, etc.—the last to be rebuilt. I’ve been squeezing online obligations in wherever possible, and feeling very guilty about neglecting some commitments I’ve made, but at this season, I’m afraid this is the best I can do.
I have excuses, y’all! I have more students to teach this year. I have more children to bathe. I’m about to start potty-training the two year old. I have to slay the laundry dragon every day (Monday-Thursday, at least). While the kids are becoming great helpers, I’m still the person in charge of pretty much everything but making the money. Jesse is still having headaches nearly every day, so everything that he would normally do is my job, too. There is more work to do than ever, but for some reason the days aren’t getting any longer to compensate.
What this blog needs—what I need—is some quiet time.
Get Along Home is not going anywhere, of course. Sometimes I just have to scratch that writing itch, and Jesse has some pretty neat things to say, too, if we can ever get him to speak up. I never want to leave my home on the web, and I’ll probably still have things to say every week or so. Don’t go away! But don’t expect much, either. I think life should be really, really full, so it’s a good and healthy thing that I have less time for the web right now.
I have no idea how long quiet time is going to last, but it is, I promise, temporary. I’m going to attempt to shift my schedule around after the holidays to make blogging more of a priority.
Join me on Facebook and Twitter for shorter bursts of…well, whatever it is that I do on here. It would also be a good idea to subscribe to my RSS feed so you don’t have to keep checking the homepage to see if I ever g0t around to saying something else.
And take a nap. You need more naps.