Friday, May 19, 2006

Gratitude Friday

I don't usually make a Gratitude Friday list. I'm not sure why. Lately I have been enjoying thinking about poetry on Thursdays - it's kind of like a blogging deadline. But shortly afterwards I have to get geared up for Sunday Scribblings, so I tend to ignore my own site for a couple of days. But I am home today. I worked two long weeks and now have a glorious, blissful three days off so I have a few minutes this morning to do this and hopefully some time this afternoon to catch up on all of your lives, to meet some of the people who have commented lately that I don't know, and to return to a sense of calm about the whole thing.

One of the things I am grateful for this week is a moment of gentleness. In the museum we have a lovely machine that plays a variety of old songs. It is completely unexpected and charming, and often catches people by surprise. Well, the other day a group of people came in and I played them a rousing tune. Charmed, they looked at the list of songs and one of the men asked me if I could play the song Ave Maria. He told the lady that was with him that it had been a favorite of his mother's. When I started the machine, he just stood there listening and tears soon filled his eyes. He remained motionless, listening and lost in his memories, tears falling from his eyes. When the song was over he smiled and thanked me gently. I was humbled by his willingness to stand in the middle of his memories.

The other thing I am grateful for this week is Mark's generosity and understanding. Why? Because despite major money issues, he understands my deep need to be home for a little while. So after some juggling at work, I AM GOING HOME FOR A WEEK!!!! I'm so excited, my stomach hurts every time I think about it. A week isn't very long, but it is long enough to meet my new niece or nephew, see my brother and sister-in-law's new house, spend time with my parents and other members of my family, get some gum for Mark :) and just be normal for a little while. It's always hard to be home because I can't get to see everyone I'd like to see. For some reason I turn into a crazy selfish homebody, and all I want to do is be at home. (Except for a trip or two to Chapters and Shopper's Drug Mart and Staples - ahhhh, the mother ships!!)

I still have to wait for awhile for the trip, so please excuse me if I go on about it a little! Wherever you are, I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and I'll try to check in soon! xo


Alexandra S said...

Hi Megg! I'm so glad you have such an understanding husband who really gets how important it is for you to get home. A week will go a long way towards putting your heart and soul at ease. I'm so happy for you! What a wonderful thing to be grateful for!!!!

tara dawn said...

I am absolutely thrilled for you sweetie! I know this was a hard decision...I'm so glad it has worked out for you. And how wonderful that Mark is so understanding and supportive.
And the man at the museum...I can hear the strains of Ave Maria and picture his tears...what a lovely moment.
Hope you enjoy your days off!

Maggie said...

Oh Meg, I'm so happy for you! I'm going home soon too, and I completely understand your excited stomach ache. It's wonderful that you have found a man who supports you and understand so well. Have an amazing time!

M said...

Yeah, you get to go home! How exciting!! Maybe you should throw an open house at home, so everyone can come to you! Then you'll get to see as many people as you'd like. It's hard to find the balance isn't it, between seeing everyone, being with your family, and just being at home. What part of the country are you from anyways?? So excited for you!
Have a great weekend- it's a long one here too!!

Bohemian Girl said...

i am so, so, so glad you are going home for a little while to fill your cup.

i was just home and made sure to marinate in each one of my family members.

i can say now that i am honestly at peace.

warm hug.

Susannah said...

oh Megg, i'm so pleased for you - some nurturing time at home is just what the doctor ordered i reckon. big cheers for mark for being so understanding - can't wait to meet you both :-)

Living Part Deux said...

Oh Canada... I'll be humming it for the rest of the day. I'm so glad you get to plan a trip. We'll all soak up the details.

la vie en rose said...

going home!!!! yeah!!!!

fern_leaf said...

I love going home. It always leaves me enerigized and feeling like myself again.
"And you hunger for the time, time to heal, desire time...for tonight at last I am coming home..." love that song.
I sincerely hope you have a wonderful time and absorb every warm feeling that comes your way.

liz elayne said...

i am so glad that you are going is clearly something your soul needs. and i am so happy you are listening to your soul.
bravo for understanding, supportive partners like Mark.
and thank you for sharing this sweet moment you had at work this week. a beautiful, quiet moment.

Jamie said...

Woohoo! Fantastic! I'm so glad that you're going to get a trip home. I know that you've been yearning for it. May Canada receive you with a big hug, a clear sky and a warm heart!