Doing More Nothing

by Rachael on July 21, 2011

In many ways, mothering the Critter keeps me busy, busy, busy. I mean, my goodness, why should it take so freaking long to get one child dressed in the morning? But, what with the chasing, and the cajoling, and the negotiations about what will actually be worn, it certainly does take a long time, as does so much else that I do with him (oh, the hell of grocery shopping!).

But, as the Critter’s mom, I’ve also been doing a heckuva lot more nothing than I’ve done in years and years and years.

At the park, I sit on a blanket and watch the Critter run in the grass.

We squat at the edge of the Lullwater and drag sticks through the duckweed.

We sit together on a bench and eat bagels.

And so on. Yeah, we do have somewhat of a schedule, and I do have my spells of trying to do too much — but still, there are a few hours every week when the Critter and I aren’t doing anything in particular. He doesn’t know it, of course, but those hours are the Critter’s gift to me.

I need a little more time like that these days, and so for the next few weeks I’m going on a bit of a vacation from this blog. Until September, you won’t be finding me here or on Twitter. I will be jotting notes and posting links on my Facebook page, though, so do follow me there, if you don’t already. And then you can expect me back here on September 7 with a Wordless Wednesday post — I promise!

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Melissa July 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

It really is a wonderful gift – this time spent together doing nothing. Enjoy the break!
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6512 and growing July 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Have a lovely rest of your summer doing lots and nothing.
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Lucy @ dreamingaloudnet July 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Have a lovely time. See you again soon!
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Kristen July 31, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Enjoy these lovely weeks of doing a bit more nothing than usual–and yes, what a gift that is! (This is a reminder to me that I need to do “more nothing” with M and A. It’s a gift *to* them as well.)
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Michelle @ The Parent Vortex August 2, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Enjoy your break. I’m looking forward to your return in Sept! :)
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Hillary August 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM

I waffle between finding that kind of nothingness blissful or maddening.

Hope your enjoying your break :)
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Rachael September 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Thank you, everyone, for the good wishes! It actually turned out to be a busy August, so there probably wouldn’t have been any nothing at all if I had been trying to write for the blog. Looking forward to getting back here next week! And best wishes to you all for a lovely Labor Day weekend!

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