Sunday, January 22, 2017
What? ……. Where’s my Brain?
With three teenagers at home and I the only taxi before and after school often created a very hectic schedule. Katy called from gymnastics, “Mom,” In a whisper of embarrassment I heard her dramatic voice, “Where are you? All of the other kids are gone, and I’m still here.”
“I can’t find the keys. I came in with the groceries and turned around to run back out the door and pick you up but I can’t find my keys.” My voice rose in frustration with each syllable I uttered. Without cell phones we depended on landlines, time limits, and neighbors. “Call me back in five minutes, and I’ll see if I can find someone to pick you up.” Promptly hanging up, I turned to rummage through the groceries on the counter one more time. Quietly, a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I swished to turn toward the touch only to face our youngest son, Matthew, who dangled a set of car keys in his hand.
In a monotone voice he spoke, “Is this what you are looking for?”
“Yes,” I screaked like a breathless actress trying out for a role, “Where did you find them?”
Soberly his large eyes looked at me with concern, “In the refrigerator.”
I paused for a moment to think! “Thank you.” I cried, then grabbed the keys and tore out for the door, “Oh, Matthew, please tell Katy when she calls that I’m on the way to pick her up.” I left him standing alone in that tiny kitchen, and felt like the worst mother in the world for abandoning our nine year old son, who had saved me once again.
So when I feel my age playing tricks on me, I remember how forgetful and chaotic life felt in my thirties…and forties.
The other day, I turned on the computer to finish a blog about a woman who sculpts ceramic hands, but I walked away to do something and forgot to go back to the computer.
This afternoon I came into to my playful room to color and draw and noticed my computer set up to work: my notes about the lady sculptress were spread out over the Word 2013 Level 1 book showing my class assignment. Then my brain kicked on. I not only forgot to write the blog, I never did finish my class assignment from the day before. Now I was faced with three choices: draw, write, or study the technical reading step-by-step and finish the one class assignment.
I love my brain. We (my brain and I) sat down without chaos and doodled, colored, and piddled until at last the brain waves floated like clouds and I could think.
“Now let’s have some fun.” Whispered my brain. So I put the lease on the peacefully sleeping dog and out the door we trotted.
Oh, I’ve got to remember to buy cheese….