17 May 2012

The Mishmash Days

When I was a young child, I always seemed to be waiting. Waiting to start school, waiting for it to end. Waiting for spring rain to stop so summer would bring swimming at the lake. I know I've used this song before, but it is so absolutely spot on:

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day 
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way. 
Tired of lying in the sunshine / staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long / and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find  / ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run / you missed the starting gun...*

I've decided that the days you wait in anticipation of some grand event should be called The Mishmash Days. They aren't overly memorable because you're looking ahead. What you do, the things that go on during this time are often misfiled in your memory, mashed into the back of the filing drawer. But Life still happens on such days. They can have their Glorious Moments-- watching dozens of just-hatched tiny quail ( affectionately named "quaaludes" in this house) run madly behind their parents to cross the yard, enjoying the coolness of shade on a hot day, or enjoying a belly laugh with your child. These are treasures to be cherished, quiet and subtle to be sure, but every bit as wonderful as that vacation you've been planning for months. Maybe even better. 

So don't dismiss The Mishmash Days. Slow down, pay attention. Savor the smell of freshly cut grass and the feel of cool water on your tongue. We only get about 22,000 days; don't throw any of them away. 

* "Time" --  Mason, Waters, Wright, Gilmour (aka Pink Floyd)  Album: The Dark Side of The Moon


  1. Isn't this the sad truth. We wait for our dreams to come true, we wait for the jobs we want, we wait and wait. :) I agree we need to treasure the present as well as look toward the future.

  2. Indeed, Brenda. I have to constantly remind myself to pay attention to the NOW because you never know when that will be it.