Today was an absolutely beautiful day. The sun was shining and it was so blissfully warm. All I wanted to do was go outside and bask in it. The only problem was that I had this list…this really long list of things that I needed to do. Ideally, I’d say that I quickly completed my list, then went out to bask in the glorious sunshine…but I can’t say that without telling fibs.
My blissful day turned out to be one of the most stressful that I’ve had in quite some time. It seemed as though everything that could possibly go wrong, did, and I was constantly being tugged in a zillion different directions. It was all I could do to hold myself together and not just burst into tears. When things finally settled down, I was ready to kick off my shoes and call it a night. Then I realized that I had one hour to make it the library to pick up my books needed first thing in the morning.
With a sigh, I grabbed my keys and headed out. The moment I stepped into the library, a calm feeling washed over me. I gathered up my books that were on hold and then wandered around, browsing to see if there was anything else that caught my interest. It seemed as though barely five minutes had passed when an announcement was made that the library would be closing shortly. Not quite ready to go home, I decided to make a quick trip to the grocery store.
Now, I have a weird thing about grocery stores. For most people, grocery shopping is yet another chore to be dealt with. But I really like to go to them late at night. I think it all started back in my waitress days when I would go shopping in the only place open after work. For some reason, it made me feel like such a grown-up. After the girls were born, the grocery store was a place I could go just to get some peace and quiet after they finally fell asleep at night.
I thought of all this as I wandered up and down each aisle, having a text conversation with KT (who is home for a quick day and a half, but was off spending time with her friends. Sigh…) After about an hour, I was finally relaxed and ready to leave.
I was still grinning from my chat with the checker as I walked out the sliding doors of our local grocery store. The scent of freshly mown grass filled the cooling air, there were crickets chirping and the stars twinkled above my head, (Seattle seems to be overcast all year so seeing stars is a special treat.) I couldn’t help but feel happy and relaxed. Today was an absolutely beautiful day…