Mom's Day Out

Mom's Day Out

My first outing since surgery! Woohoo!

The only place I’ve been since October 14 besides home is the doctor’s office and my office at work for just a few hours this week. Oh, and I did step into Nekter to pick up the cold-brew protein smoothie that propelled me on a caffeine trip to Hyper-World.

Charli had soccer today, and oh how I love to watch her play. I thought it would be good for me to sit in the sun and catch some vitamin D. Only a few steps from the car to the field, and I was able to prop my foot up on an extra beach chair.

It occurred to me as I was gathering my things (book, glasses, sunscreen, blanket) that usually when I am at the field an hour early with Charli for pre-game, I go for a run or try to get an errand or something productive accomplished. That’s not a bad thing at all. But today I realized that given my current circumstance, I had permission — in fact a mandate — to just sit and read. For an entire hour!

It was glorious.

Then I got to watch my girl nail her free kicks and her team win their game 2-0.

Being more or less immobile these past two weeks has given me a bit of insight into myself. Of course, that I have an abundance of energy to burn and, in the words of Stuart Smalley, “That…is OK. “

But also that after all these years, I still haven’t learned to really listen to what my body, mind and soul need most at any given moment. Take today. Had I not been left-footless, today would have been a day when I would have gone for a run even though everything in me wanted to soak in the sun and devour my book. If going for a run is the thing I need most, fantastic. But if there’s an inner voice saying, “Be still,” I need to listen.

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