One week and one day – I can hardly wait. What does that mean anyway? Of course I can wait. How would I NOT wait? I will do what countless women have done through the ages – clean something! In fact, I have closets, cupboards, drawers, all of which will be at least touched up before I leave on holiday.
What is it – something passed down from my own mother? Absolutely! As a child, prior to every vacation the house was made spotless, including “wiping up the floor” on hands and knees as we made our way out the door. I haven’t done that lately, but in August of ’07 prior to going in for a second brain surgery, I pretty much hit every closet, drawer, cupboard, you name it. I even called in reserves to help. My friend, Karen, gets it and answered my call for help. Her job was to take the steamer to all the clothes in the laundry room, to make sure everything was steamed and properly put away before I went to the hospital. Can I get an Amen here? Surely someone can relate :).
This is a fairly literal interpretation of the Biblical putting one’s house in order, II Samuel 17:23, which, by the way, preceded a suicide. Short of working myself to death cleaning all these closets, drawers and cupboards pre-holiday, along with daily living, teaching, conducting business as usual plus several meetings, and participating in some Christmas socializing, I’m not intending to do myself in. My girls would be grinning – they’ve lived through their mom’s pre-holiday/vacation ritual many times.
But action cures lots of emotional ailments and it certainly beats the heck out of sitting here nibbling on my nails. Oh, note to self, add MANICURE to the to-do list, may as well make it mani-pedi as I’m not packing the five pairs of boots I wear out here from September through March. These feet will be slipping into sandals or flips in just over a week now, late December, no less.
So how do I wait? I’ll clean and organize, make a few lists, pack, sing and dance my way through the chores, praising the Lord that in just eight days I’ll be hugging my younger daughter and maybe even tucking her in and saying prayers once or twice as we did so every often in times past. Does it get any better?
P.S. Check out the links for “mani-pedi” and “five pairs” above – an online grammar guide and an URBAN dictionary, you gotta love it :)! à plus tard ………….., LeeAnn