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Being Fully Immersed

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Back to life. Back to reality. Back to school pickups and meal planning, bedtimes and blogging.

At first, it was painful. Forcing rusty joints to move when they’d grown accustomed to staying still. Willing cold limbs to warm up and recall how to do their thing. Remembering what it was like, back in the day – two weeks ago – when we used to be good at this and could do it smoothly and efficiently. Hoping we’d get back there again . . . someday.

Then the storm came and forced some fast thinking. Little Miss Trouble stealthily climbed out of her bed, into ours, and pushed us into a new phase of life. A scheduling error lit a bit of a fire under us and shot us right back into the saddle.

Before I knew it we were, literally, back in the saddle: riding the bike over the bridge home from school. Just like old times. As we crested the hill and started the descent down into Williamsburg, I noticed that the sun was higher than it had been the last time we’d done this. The days are getting longer (even if they’re also getting colder). And I remembered how, just a few weeks ago we had been looking for menorahs and Christmas trees as we rode home, searching for signs of the season and reasons to be excited.

And I thought: that was fun. I’m glad we did that.

But this is fun, too. A normal day, nothing special, no expectations, nothing to anticipate. A simple ride home, a normal day of homework, a tasty homemade dinner, and maybe a game before bedtime.

And that’s because “nothing special” really is something special. Nothing special is getting to listen to my first grader try to read cursive for the first time and watching him come up with new tricks to do with his yo-yo. It’s hearing Squish sing “Look down!” from Les Mis, and then telling the kids what the story is all about at dinner time. It’s feeling a little girl climb up next to me in the darkness, looking for a warmer place to spend the night.

That’s my life. That’s my reality. And I’m glad to be back in it, fully immersed, fully engaged.

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Comment from Kathleen Terrien Leubner on Facebook
Time January 8th, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Lovely. And that little miss is too much!

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Comment from Marwa
Time January 24th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

to a good friend on the phone, this very Evening . All one can do is hope that They’ve built up a good enugoh reputation, to sustain against open or covert attacks by those types. In fact, We have to trust implicitly in that! We have to end it somewhere .and that is at the Unfollow and Block Buttons! It does No Good at all to carry it on. Social sites are a 2 dimensional Universe one that allows for anonymity. And that anonymity allows for people to be anyone, or anything they want! And quite often, they are just that! In other words .quite often, what You see is an illusion! And while surfing these sites, We should all keep that in mind! I have become quite adept at sniffing them out, and can usually avoid being victimized! But I am not unscathed! I don’t think any platform will ever have the time or manpower to ferret out these types. So Please .keep Your Radar up, and don’t let them take what is valuable about Social Networking, away from You! One could even try the method I employed quite recently ..Put the Social back in Your Networking. This is done quite easily by starting over .and removing all those who do not fit the criteria of being Social .Kind .Engaging!! Great Post Caro! And it is especially reassuring coming from a source like Your Blog. It makes Me and I’m sure many others, realize .it can happen to anybody! Because .You are one of the nicest, most wholesome people I have met on Twitter!

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