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It is Mother’s Day! I am planning on spending much of the day in bed. I have the beginnings of pneumonia (but I am getting better). It is cool and rainy outside and the redbud leaves are waving very gently in the wind - a pretty day to be in bed. I have been reading Becoming, and it is the perfect book for me at this moment. Lakshmi made me lovely presents. She and I had pizza that Christian made last night for breakfast, with avocado slices. I made Christian a quick breakfast of avocado toast with harissa, parsley, and eggs. He makes me so many dinners year round, and tea almost every morning. That morning tea has become really important since becoming a mother. Our house has been really messy over the past two weeks, in part because Christian and I have both been sick. In part, it is because Lakshmi and I are less adept at putting things away immediately. I prefer to clean in a big stretch. But there is no time for big stretches of cleaning. I am often frustrated about how much there is to do, how much more I want to do, and how little I seem to actually do in any given day or week. But, I also recognize that for what it is: a problem of perception and focus. Today, it felt important to make my bed even if I meant to get back into it. I kept the book and the presents. But then, I realized that the photo did not show most of the things I would need to get through the day - cough drops, inhalers, tissues - all that unpretty and messy stuff that helps with healing. Lakshmi decided to join me, so now we are reading together in bed. Christian is out doing the groceries. It is quiet, since I am coughing less right now. A lovely Mother’s Day.
Lakshmi made these lovely things for me for Mother’s Day. The flower “blooms” when you put it in water. The sign has an acrostic poem, she told me (a new word for me). She was supposed to make the flower during science class at school but I kept her home because she seemed to be getting the same nasty virus that Christian and I had. During dinner on Friday, she realized what she missed and was so sad. But, we found it on YouTube and Christian helped her make it this morning. Lakshmi loves science, and as her mother, it is one of the things I love about her. I wish she had science class every day instead of once a week. But, once a week is better than none at all! I only had science once a week in elementary school - it was a “special” with a science teacher for the whole school, along with the art teacher, librarian, etc.
A sunny day turned intensely stormy. The clouds were moving and changing so quickly. They made me realize that I don’t spend enough time looking at the sky. The rain was intense too, but brief, followed by lots of wind overnight. I got a migraine in the evening that was similarly intense. Stormy spring. #storms#spring#migraines#clouds
The contrast between the gold/bronze flatware and the “paper” plate is striking. The spinach and sun-dried tomato frittata was tasty. Christian and I had an unexpected (and very rare) breakfast out because neither of us had a chance to eat this morning. Our car needs a few (hopefully minor) repairs, so we dropped off the car with the friendly staff at the Distad’s station and we’re heading to the metro but decided to get a quick breakfast at Little Pearl. The location in the garden of the Hill Center is so lovely, especially sitting outside on a warm morning. It was brief but just long enough to feel renewed instead of rushed. #nourish#nearbynature#beauty#silverlinings#pause