Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Urgency

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Aside from an insect bite that still hurts- and the horror I felt after Googling insect bites, today was a wonderful day in my yard.

I pushed myself HARD.

The weather was so mild it almost felt like spring.

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This urgency I am feeling is genetic.

The women in my family (my mother and grandmothers) were all hard workers in their homes and yards.

This was fueled by ‘resting’ or napping, or as my mother recommended- periodically staying in your gown all day.

In fact , her directive, whenever as a young working mother I felt stressed and overwhelmed,

“You just need to stay home and stay in your gown all day”,

was music to my ears.

Let us all give each other

permission,

shall we?

My urgency can be taken to extremes I guess.

Example: In helping two daughters who have been involved in moving lately, I have mentioned casually,

“Oh this will be great when you have a party.”

“Oh you can use this as a serving tray.”

Oh this is perfect for a Christmas party.”

Their looks certainly didn’t make me think of the

Christmas Spirit!

Oh well.

 

62 comments:

Karen said...

LOL... Love the "comments" from the girls. I can just see them.
I will have to get written permission from somewhere to stay in my gown all day. For me one day of rest usually leads to another. I have to keep a steady pace. My mother would have fit in with all of the talented women (you included) in your family. She moved with the speed of lightening and was so creative. I inherited my father's pace... slowish and deep... deep because if I see a corner that needs "neatening up", I want to build a closet for it. I divide the mess into piles and try to find a way to distribute it... and it all remains under the same roof! Not much gets finished here. I need to work on that. I need to get that permission slip signed tomorrow!!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

You wouldn't have to ask me twice to "stay in my gown all day." It would be more like "are you ever going to get dressed?" LOL

Marguerite said...

The last time I gave myself permission to stay in my gown all day, was in the winter of 1992!! lol I was living up north and was snowed in! Guess I'm overdue! Glad you're having some nice weather! Enjoy!

Tanya said...

I had to chuckle at your "stay in my gown all day" prescription. I've found out the hard way that it's a good idea to have a gown day every few months or so. It's quite renewing. Haven't done it in a long time but now I want to.

Carole and Chewy said...

About once a year I come down with something that's sortof like 24 hour exhaustion -I end up sleeping all day and just refueling. Guess that's my version of staying in my gown all day.

trash talk said...

L.B.,
I love this. My mother would say something similar to me from time to time...only she called it "gown tail"!
Debbie

Low Tide High Style said...

I stayed in my gown all day today, except my gown consisted of a sweatshirt and yoga pants! And daughters love it when we "suggest" things don't they?!

Kat :)

D.B. said...

My mother would never stay in her gown all day- always pushing to the max. However, after a day like you've had, my natural inclination is to hibernate and relax, i.e. be a bum. It's a healthy balance for me - action/inaction, viva la difference. The stories you have shared of your mother lead me to believe she was a very wise woman. Your daughters will eventually "realize" and know your words are wisdom as well.

jojo said...

Thank you...I'll be in my jammies all day!

~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

~thanks for the permission~I will take you up on this (if I can make myself)

Darla said...

I would have a fit if I had to stay in my gown all day.

Theresa said...

Oh how fun to stay in your gown all day! I think that is great advice:) Enjoy your day my friend, HUGS!

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Laura, seriously, we have to come from the same stock :) All three of my girls got the same advice this week - one, a tough week in mommyland, one, matters of loving a boyfriend, and one, sick with a fever - the same thing. I often give out those very same words of wisdom. Actually, my voice softens because I know when my girls need soothing "Oh Honey, you'll feel so much better if you just rest and take a nap. OK?" Rest really does take the edge off.

Lisa said...

Laura,
I love that advice! Doing nothing all day and then resting afterwards.:)

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Stay in your gown! Oh Laura, that brings back such wonderful memories of my mom and aunt's calling it a gown. I love that. I stay in my 'gown' way too much. In fact, I decided yesterday that I really must start making myself presentable more. It's so easy to get lost in homemaking isn't it? xo

Jacqueline said...

What a great Mum...permission to not get dressed...all day!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Oh, how I'd like to take your advice! (I NEVER got that kind of wisdom from my fabulous mother; she's a go-go-go kind of lady!) Maybe after the holidays I can schedule one those "mental health days," as my daughters and I call them...

Deb said...

oh a stay in your gown all day...day...would be great...my Nana also would call it gown tail....
you better get out of your gown tail....LOL...hey daughters....get the hint from your Mom...take over a holiday....soon...

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh, would love to take your advice, I am a worker from the word go! Only a few more days in our home, then heading your way! All happening so quick! Our home sold in four days, was s shocking. Would love to see you sometime, maybe we can sit and have a cup or glass of something!

Hugs,
Nancy

Krista said...

awesome idea! this was my mom's advice when I had my first baby: stay in your pajamas until you are ready to face the world again. I wore pajamas for six weeks.

but I like giving myself permission to stay in my pajamas on any given day. I should definitely do that more often!

Thanks for stopping by my place this morning. I always enjoy hearing from other Texas bloggers!

Dayle said...

Laura, thanks so much for stopping by earlier, and becoming a kindred spirit. :) I promised to stop by and visit you, and I'm so glad I did. You have a lovely place. I'm followng right along now. Oh, and yes, please do join us for Simple Pleasures next week, if you have the time or inclination. I'd love to see you there. We're a friendly bunch.

Dayle said...

P.S. I love that Rudyard Kipling quote.

Pondside said...

If only someone would give me permission to stay home in my gown all day! When my children were young I'd keep them home once or twice a year for a 'mental health day' and it always worked wonders. Perhaps I'll give myself permission to take one of those soon.

CHERI said...

I definitely need a "day in my gown." The last two weeks have sure been hectic for someone who is supposed to be retired!!!!

SeaBlush said...

Great post. I definitely need to heed that advice without the guilt associated with "being lazy". We all need a break some time!!

Olive Cooper said...

We call that a pajama day around here. My daughter had one at college today apparently. Plus she only managed to eat peanut butter! The sudden change in weather has made me sluggish so I think I am due for one Laura! Good idea!

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