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Work Before Play - a RB/LB discussion about semantics

Friday, May 24, 2013

emoticon RB (tugging on LB's skirt) Hey. Hey.

emoticon LB (busily scribbling on a notepad) Hmmm. yeah, inaminit

emoticon RB Watcha doin'. Hey. Hey. I'm feeling funny.

emoticon LB Yeah, yeah, be with ya in a minnute.

emoticon RB No. Now. I'm getting scared. What are you doing?

emoticon LB (Looking up from the notebook) I'm making a list of everything we're going to do on this vacation! Lookee!

emoticon RB Waaaaaaa! You don't love me any more.

emoticon LB (Looking shocked) What? Of course I love you - you're the other side of me. What's wrong?

emoticon RB It's our VACATION and you're making one of those awful TTD lists! I want to play!

emoticon LB Well, yeah. sure. I'm writing that on the list. See? Here? Number 8 ... PLAY

emoticon RB You're crazy. You can't schedule play. Play means you aren't responsible for anything. Play means fun. Play means you don't have to accomplish anything!

emoticon LB So. Yeah. so? who says you have to accomplish anything when we're playing?

emoticon RB I know you. You will say No Play before ticking stuff off that list. I know you. this will be nothing but chores and werk and werk and chores.

emoticon LB No it won't. Look at the rest of this list. See?

Clean House
Work on the kitchen cabinets - organize those last 2 messes
Work on the spare bedroom - one hour a day minimum
Work in the garden
Work out
Visit Mama

emoticon RB Yeah. I see that you want to work almost all the time. Werk in the kitchen werk in the garden werk out. wekr werk werk I hate this list.

emoticon LB What? Don't you like a clean house? I thought we'd agreed that house cleaning is really just caressing our favorite possessions - the ones we bought or collected and brought into our lives.

emoticon RB Well. Yeah. I do love all our stuff. I just wish there wasn't so much cleaning to do.

emoticon LB Yeah. I understand that. But we live with guys. And dogs. On a farm. Down a dirt lane. It's just the way it is - there's cleaning to do and we have to do it. Besides - it only takes a few hours a week. You know that.

emoticon RB (sighing) yeah. I know. but it's #1 on the list. what kind of vacation is that?

emoticon LB Oh. well. Yeah. I see. but don't you want to start this vacation in a sparkly clean house?

emoticon RB I guess so.

emoticon LB Let's see how things go today - we can put this off till tomorrow

emoticon RB Thanks. But there's still too much work on that list.

emoticon LB Well - don't you want to work in the garden? don't you want to have that spare bedroom ready for summer guests? Frances and Audrey will be here in 3 weeks.

emoticon RB (sighing again) yeah. I do want them.

emoticon LB so - if you want it - you gotta go get it.

emoticon RB I just wish you didn't have so much work on that stupid list. I feel like the whole vacation will be nothing but work. I'd rather go to work where I don't have to work so hard.

emoticon LB Oh. Hmm. I see. Hmmm. Yeah. Okay - how's this for a Better List?

Start with a beautifuly sparkly clean house

Play in the kitchen cabinets - toss out all that crap we hate and create beautifully functioning organized spaces for everything we want. Never be ashamed if someone opens a cabinet door again.

Begin the transformation of the spare junk room into an oasis of organization and calm - maybe even take it over for our bedroom - it's bigger than the one we use now. Sit down with those boxes of family photos and letters and decide how we will store and share them. Own that space. Make it ours. Retrieve it from the Lord Of Chaos and Shame.
Dig the soft crumbly earth in the garden and nestle those little vegetable plants in their new homes where they can grow delicious food for summer meals on the porch.
Give our body the exercise it longs for - stretching, moving, lifting - everything that makes it feel vigorous and thriving.




Visit Mama

emoticon RB Ooooo. Yeah. That's a MUCH better list

emoticon LB (smiling) Well good. I'm glad you like it. Man – this is going to be a fabulous vacation.

emoticon RB One thing more, though. Can you put Play first?

emoticon LB (laughing) You betcha! Love you

emoticon RB Love you more

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