Sunday, April 09, 2006

Sunday Scribblings {Real Life}


Real life...
arguments at the dinner table, exchanging kisses before the start of each day, the pull-up leaking again, always having a 'visitor' while I'm in the bathroom, complaining about the high cost of fresh fruits and vegetables, laundry, laundry, and more laundry, having my hair washed by a three-year-old with a watering can, the dead pigeon on the sidewalk, broken beer bottles in the alley, gummy worms in the middle of the street, dandelions invading the yard, another broken nail, cuddling before bedtime, toes touching in the night, trying to sleep while Trey watches re-runs of CSI, tulips ravaged by the high winds, running out of tampons when I need them the most, discovering a sippy cup of spoiled milk under the bed, noticing the tuft of grass growing in the middle of the sidewalk...

And just like that tuft of unexpected green, real life slips in all around. It springs up in the most unlikely of places. It continues to flourish in the harshest of environments and despite the greatest odds. Real life invades my ideals and romantic notions...and the contrast is frustrating, overwhelming, breathtaking, and beautiful.

For this week's Sunday Scribblings theme I paid attention to the real life details of my weekend--while completing my day to day activities, while taking an evening walk, while shopping for groceries.

20 Comments:

Blogger Knitting Painter Woman said...

Silent K's referral was a good one. I like the photos and scribbles. You might be one of the best ideas/items to come out of Lubbock in a long time. :-)

9:19 PM  
Blogger Kim G. said...

"Real life invades my ideals and romantic notions...and the contrast is frustrating, overwhelming, breathtaking, and beautiful."

Love this thought! Have had so many of those feelings/experiences in your real life post (wrinkled my nose at the memory of the sippy cup one - we found one in the car once - yuck). Real life is sometimes a challenge but always an adventure. Have a great week!

10:03 PM  
Blogger Living Part Deux said...

I can nod knowingly to many of your "real life" observations, and I love, love, love the same sentence Kim commented on, so I'll repeat it again:

"Real life invades my ideals and romantic notions...and the contrast is frustrating, overwhelming, breathtaking, and beautiful."

You once again have chosen just the right words.

11:48 PM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

How I love all the unique details of life everyone has come up with in answer to this theme! Hair washed by a 3-year-old with a watering can! Wonderful -- it makes you realize that no matter how many people were to write on this theme, there would be an inexhaustible supply of unique life details to share!

12:07 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

this was a great way of looking at it...
of truly looking at what your real life
finds and gives...

and the comparison to wayward grass
appearing in sidewalk cracks..

love it
:)

3:15 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

I love the glimpse into your daily life. Aren't found sippy cups so gross?? (=

4:05 AM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

That sentence is such a gem. "Real life invades my ideals and romantic notions...and the contrast is frustrating, overwhelming, breathtaking, and beautiful."

This is such a big concept, one I am really working on at the moment.

Your post made me feel.....

XOXOX

4:56 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

Wonderful, Michelle! And I join the chorus of those who particularly love the line: "Real life invades my ideals and romantic notions...and the contrast is frustrating, overwhelming, breathtaking, and beautiful."

6:48 AM  
Blogger Deb R said...

This was a wonderful glimpse into your Real Life. I love the photograph too, particularly the shadow on the tulip leaf.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love this sunday scribblings, What a great idea I nodding my head as I read, I've found SO many sippy cups with spoiled milk in them.

7:44 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

i love the quick disolves... one snapshot into the next... this moment, this moment, this moment. it seems meditative. thank yous for the reminder.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Whole Self said...

so so real. my husband and i have been noting these "real" moments in our life lately...they often occur when both kids are screaming bloody murder at the same time. i often don't write about those times in my blog, but i should! that's what real life is all about.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

That is a wonderful post - and soo true! When is your book coming out?

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

I love the details here. I really really love them. And I love these words: Real life invades my ideals and romantic notions...and the contrast is frustrating, overwhelming, breathtaking, and beautiful. It feels good and important to sit with this statement. Thank you!

12:35 PM  
Blogger megg said...

this was lovely and real and honest. You know, reading through your posts in the past few months has made me less afraid to become a Mom. (and let me tell you - I have been pretty darned afraid!!) You inspire me everyday! thank you for that. xoxo

1:06 PM  
Blogger Ally Bean said...

It's always something-- as Gilda Radnor used to say.

1:19 PM  
Anonymous samantha said...

This was beautiful, Michelle. I think everyone loves that golden sentence so that it should be on a pillow! Or a t-shirt!

And really, is there something wrong with me that I am completely fixated on a sippy cup of spoiled milk under your bed!? Oh no! (We had raw chicken in the trash - you can imagine what our house smelled like!)

3:07 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I am so impressed with every ones Sunday Scribblings. This was another "fantastic"!
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P.S I've been photographing my tulips lately too. :)

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Paris Parfait said...

Great use of details in describing the daily incidents that comprise our lives!

5:22 AM  
Blogger melba said...

Real life is all of it, isn't it.

You have so much life and love to give...it bursts out of you in your writing.
I enjoy reading your journey of discovery everyday.

8:10 AM  

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