I realized, with a start, the other day that I never remember either of my grandmothers… not completely dressed and ready to start the day.
It was a source of pride to that generation to have someone mention, posthumously, that they had gotten up, and gotten dressed on the day they passed.
Since Grandmother Wilson was a farmer’s wife her routine never altered ( even after granddaddy died) and the farm no longer grew cotton… she was up at the crack of dawn, reading the Bible, and fixing a big breakfast…even just for herself.
Grandmother Barbour ( who lived with her daughter after her husband’s death) did the same thing. Up at the crack of dawn , read verses from the Bible, and then start fixing breakfast for the entire family.
I don’t think their generation would have had any trouble sticking to their normal routines through a pandemic. No slacking off for them! The difference-they saw each day as a gift God had given them which had nothing to do with work alone or a change in one’s daily routine.
Today psychotherapists warn us that we should stick to a routine-they consider putting on clothes to be an important part of mental and emotional hygiene during the pandemic.
Just like we set a mood for a romantic dinner with music and candles…we should also set a positive uplifting mood to set the tone of every day we live-regardless of external circumstances beyond our control.
There is certainly no harm in giving oneself a ” time out” or ” spa day” occasionally but we need to be careful not to become stuck in pj’s because we can literally become ( too easily) stuck in life and that is not healthy or productive on any level.
So until tomorrow… Wake up, listen to the birds chirping… they are up and dressed ready for a new day and so should the rest of us follow their example-with a song in our heart! Precious Life!
” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
I went to babysit for Walsh and Mollie yesterday while they went out to eat for their ninth anniversary! They are the last May anniversary for all my three children … starting with May 3, 6, and 13th! My children love May weddings!
… and my garden has loved the recent spring showers!