I absolutely refuse to suffer from PVBD (post vacation boredom and depression).
I will NOT give into the blues.
Is it monotonous and mundane to cook and clean again? YES!
Did I throw the remote control at the TV when Jon and Kate anounced their divorce? YES!
Would I rather be stalking Broadway and watching the Jonas Brothers on Regis and Kelly? YES! YES! YES!
But life stinks! The sooner we harden our hearts and embrace our eternal misery, the better.
One of my friends suggested a book that is helping me transition into the harsh reality and responsiblity of domestic bliss. It's called Romancing the Ordinary by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
Miss Sarah says that life is a great romance. She quotes Elizabeth Millar about the love affair we must develop with life:
An intimate relationship with living awaits every woman who in her wisdom chooses to fill her heart with the multitude of wonders unfolding in the stillness of a moment.
Doesn't it sound lovely?
Miss Sarah encourages all women to use their senses to excite and engage the ordinary tasks of daily living, and she points out that when we are in the throes of great romance our sensory perceptions soar!
If romance can enchant a mundane love, why not a mundane life? I figured it was worth a try and you know what . . . it really works.
First I put on my black leather teddy to scrub the kitchen floor. I was invigorated as I scrubbed and scrubbed with my whole heart and I could feel the vinegar and bleach tingling against my fingertips like little jolts of electricity.
I read Pablo Neruda poetry to my toilet after it backed up and spilled generously out upon the bathroom floor. I couldn't help but inhale deeply and give thanks for the bountiful blessings of smell.
I sweet talked my dryer when it stopped blowing hot air. My mom was right. Inanimate objects need love and appreciation too.
I gave my broken computer a box of chocolates and my loose fan belt a dozen roses. I sent a diamond necklace in with my over due phone bill payment and I texted love notes to my clogged garbage disposal.
Ordinary life can truly be extraordinary if one only makes an effort to keep the spark alive.
And best of all . . . the magic quilt is almost done. YAY! YAY! YAY! (That's three cheers for Kritta 22.) Check it out here.