Sunday, June 01, 2008

The week that was.....

This time tomorrow morning, I will be on my way to work. I am not cheering loudly while dancing a jig of delight. In fact my head aches just thinking about it. You can imagine some dirge like music playing in the background. Slumped shoulders. Mournful expression. Pathetic. You get the picture.

Actually, all joking aside, I met a friend from bookclub in the village a couple of days ago, and she said to me..... you are looking wonderful! So different! And I thanked her, and said the only difference was that I had had a week of holiday from work. Hmmmm. She could not believe the change. It makes you think, doesn't it. Heaven only knows what I look like on a normal working day. Maybe those kids are not wrong after all. Maybe if I wear something pink and fluffy that will make a difference. Unfortunately I am not a pink and fluffy woman. But I could be! You may stop screeching with hysterical laughter right now.

Today is also the day I am supposed to be running the race for life. However, I have decided I must have been certifiable to sign up in the first place, and I will do nothing of the sort. Racing and me (I? Me? Huh??) are not a good combination. I will stay here and send them a donation. I do think it is a wonderful idea, but I am a recent convert to self-preservation. Staying alive seems a reasonable goal. Maybe next year. See? I can make decisions which do not please other people. I am practicing.

Yesterday evening, I was sitting here at the computer, after evicting son #2 so I could check my emails, and the phone rang. I heard this voice say "Linds? Linds?" and I said "Yes?" and then I snapped out of my Saturday afternoon stupour and realised it had an AMERICAN accent! Morning Glory was there on the other end of the phone! What a wonderful surprise! And you know, people, we were right back at the end of that conversation in the tube station again, and laughing and chatting a mile a minute. Wonderful. It made my day, and I was still smiling hours later. And we still forgot a million things we wanted to talk about. I am now making lists to aid the somewhat less than brilliant memory. For next time. There will be a next time. Definitely kindred spirits.

So where has this week taken me? Not far in physical terms. But in terms of peace, a long way. Restoration of the spirit, ditto. Rest....that too. Creativity? A long way.

It has been good. Really good.

And if those pesky squirrels DO NOT GET OUT OF MY GARDEN THIS SECOND, I will go and get some kind of tank and dispatch them in a more permanent fashion......

Goodbye, peace, she says, as she zooms out into the garden in her gown brandishing a broom........

12 comments:

meggie said...

Look out squirrels, Linds has a new lease on life!!
They just look so damned cute, when you don't have to deal with them!LOL!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh dear! It must be the #4 thing! I chase cats out of my yard in the same sort of fashion. And, yes, I am beginning to get stares. LOL!

Linds, I am praying that there's something wonderful on the horizon with regard to a job. This one has got to go. Got to!

Barb said...

I'm a recent convert to self-preservation too, Linds. The very thought of running in any kind of race makes me laugh right out loud.

I'm glad you enjoyed your week off. I'm trying to figure out how to take a week off too. I'm supposedly "retired" for heavens sake. What a joke that is!

Morning Glory said...

Gotta love that American accent. I'm smiling, too.

Susie said...

Hi Linds,
So glad your week off was a pleasant break for you.
How fun to hear MG's voice again..
We're having lots of squirrel problems in our garden too. Bill is none too happy with them :(
I have a totally off subject question for you: Have you ever heard of the grocery store "Fresh and Easy"? They are supposedly based in the UK and are building in our town not far from us..
Just wondering!
xo

Judith said...

What kind of tank do you have in mind, and where can I get one.

Judith said...

P.S., Vee is so right. Look how much having a week off has helped you.

Suffering for a great cause is one thing; having it thrust upon you by unruly school children and difficult staff is another. I'll bet there are better jobs out there for both of us.

Needled Mom said...

Ahhhhhh....the vision of the gown and broom! I'm not sure that I will sleep peacefully tonight. Well, at least there is an ocean or so seperating us. LOL

So glad that you had such a restful week. Please post pictures of the frilly pinks.

Linds said...

Just in case anyone else is wondering, Fresh and Easy is a division of Tesco. Tesco is the largest supermarket chain in the UK and they dominate the market here. Huge. And while I knew Tesco was moving into the States, I did not know what their new name was! I had to look it up.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Happy work days :-)
Holidays are a pleasure but work is a blessing.....

Mary said...

Go get em girl! The students, that is. Have you considered taking the broom to school (just as a prop, of course) ?

Dawn said...

I must find out if my new cell phone minutes count overseas! I'm glad you got to visit with MG again. What fun.

I love the visual in the last sentence! Praying that as you head off to school soon, as I write this, that it will be a good day!