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Out of the tide of doing

My baby’s cold awakened him and me at 11pm, 4am and 5:15am.

At 5:45am, I whisked us off to Starbucks to buy the bigger boys more sleep time.

Once here, I thought I should buy a newspaper, or maybe just read the news on my phone.

Then, seeing my baby’s joy at chewing on my shirt’s drawstring, I thought I might step out of the tide of doing and just enjoy being. Like him.

I see
my baby’s wonder at windows, and conversation, and seeing new people
a man who stirs sugar into his coffee as if he is conducting a symphony; I can almost hear the music
a lady in a dress my mom would have worn in the 90s
a soldier smiling as he orders his drink
barristas busying themselves over conversation when no one awaits a drink
the sky lightening from deep blue to the milder blue-gray of a cloudy morning in LA

I see, and smile, thinking I should more often step out of the tide of doing and sit in the goodness of getting to be.

  1. September 21, 2014 at 6:36 am


  2. September 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Lately I’ve done far too much doing and not enough being. I think I’ll take a lesson from you today and just be for a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 21, 2014 at 6:47 am

      I hope you do! Just 15 minutes made such a difference here … even more, I daresay, than the coffee. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Jen
    September 21, 2014 at 7:36 am

    So humbling living in the present moment. Hope the baby feels better!

    • September 21, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Thanks! It’s been a few weeks now (for both kids), so I’m ready for the sniffles, coughs and sneezes to vacate the premises. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. September 21, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Stepping out, yes perfect timing.

    • September 21, 2014 at 8:24 am

      I’m thinking of how to make sure I do it a few times every day. The more I practice, the better I’ll get, and I like the idea of getting better at this. So much.

  5. September 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I need to do this more too. Thanks for the reminder.

    • September 24, 2014 at 5:40 am

      I debated marking it down, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve had a few times since where I felt too busy but wasn’t sure what to do … until, remembering this, I looked around, breathed, and took it all in. It feels great.

  6. September 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Very wise you are, even when sleep deprived! Yay for you for appreciating and enjoying the many gifts of your baby. Thank you for the inspiration, xo

    • September 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

      They are so many! Even with the tiredness and the constantly forgetting things, I am in love not only with my boys but everything they help me see and experience anew. Such a gift! ♥

  7. September 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    It’s amazing how much they teach us, without even trying.

    • September 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

      Exactly! With Li’l D turning five this weekend (!), I’ve been thinking about everything he’s taught me. Hopefully this’ll sort itself into a post, but if not, I’ll just soak up the goodness quietly. Mmm.

  1. September 27, 2014 at 6:17 am

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