Friday, May 25, 2012

A Simple Conversation

My theme this month has been joy. But this week the subset theme (although I didn't plan it that way) has been about taking time for yourself. The joy that can happen when you're not rushing from one place to the next.

Which is why today's post took me by surprise.

Because yesterday I was rushing. It was after dinner and I had just coaxed Child #2 out the door and into cleats for a baseball game. Child #1 wanted to stay home and hang out with me.

"Okay," I told her. "But I have a lot to get done. You can just follow me around and talk to me while I finish things."

And she did.

We went to Trader Joe's where she weighed the benefits of chocolate soy milk in a box. "I hear it tastes like soda, mom! I think we should try it."

While we were waiting in the check out line she conveyed some important information she'd learned at school. "You'll never guess what Veronica told Rebecca and Rebecca told Lauren and Lauren told Quinn and Quinn told Iris and Iris told me." She was right. I would never have guessed the content of the gossip or that ten year old girls really talk like that.

We went to the library where I had to return overdue books. "Umm, Mom, why is water dripping from the front seat?"

I discovered the offending water bottle and we made a pact not to tell daddy. "I probably didn't put the lid on tight enough," I told her.

"No," she said. "I'm sure it was me."

I handed her a cookie and told her the leaky water bottle wasn't her fault. "Mom, does anyone not like your blog?" she asked from the backseat.

"If they do I don't hear about it."

"But maybe they do and you don't know. I hope you don't mind all the questions but I call this an interview. Just try to give me your honest thoughts."

I gave her my honest thoughts as we drove home.

While I folded laundry and swept grass off the front steps she told me about the change in field day protocol and asked if I found it strange that "Peeta is the baker's son and pita is ALSO a kind of bread. Do you think she planned it that way on purpose mom?"

Eventually, as all good things do, our interlude ended. Child #2 and my husband came home from the baseball game and we all went about the business of a school night.

But later, as I was going to bed, it occurred to me how a simple conversation in the midst of routine day has the capacity to deliver an immense amount of joy.



47 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She did have a lot of in-depth questions. And tell her I like your blog!

Joshua said...

You can tell her that I like your blog, as well.

Beylit said...

I like your blog too.

Also, when I was recounting the contents of The Hunger Games to my husband (because he and I don't read the same books and instead give oral reports on them to each other) he stopped me when I first mentioned Peeta and asked "Like the bread?" and I responded "Different spelling, though he is the bakers son." Which made him smile.

lizy b said...

What a lovely day! Please let your daughter know, the Peeta/Pita issue is being hotly debated! How smart she is for noticing!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, I adore your daughter--such an inquisitive, good-natured little person. I really am impressed she was just willing to go along with you and talk to you--doesn't sound like she even asked that much. My daughter would have asked for every other thing and my son would have been annoying just because it amuses him. And I like your blog, too.

Teresa Cypher said...

Yes...a simple conversation, and such joy! It brought joy to me second hand :-) Lovely post, Johanna--and a good reminder to feel the joy.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

She sounds very smart. I think I'd like conversations like that. I too make the mistake of not closing bottles tight enough. It happens.

Carol Kilgore said...

What a great evening! And I like your blog, too :)

Johanna Garth said...

Alex, thanks I'll let her know.

Josh, it's so funny that everyone responded they like my blog. She's going to be all like, "But what about the people who don't like it. What do they have to say!!"

Beylit, I really do wonder if there was some connection.

Lizy, I will pass it on ;)

Hart, she loves having me all to herself and when she's not being a tween she's very good natured.

Teresa, I love those simple little moments we have together.

Thanks Michael, it happens, right!

Thanks Carol. It really was!

Joshua said...

Bah, who cares what they have to say? They don't know what they're missing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

She's right about the Pita bread. That thought crossed my mind, too.

Jenny Morris said...

So cool. I love those moments.

Hasn't she asked that Peeta question before? LOL.

Oh and everyone loves your blog. ;)

Elana Johnson said...

I think it would be impossible to dislike your blog. It's my first time here, and it's great!

I love that Peeta picture, BTW.

KatieO said...

Love this post. And I love it when any of my kids is in a chatty mood - especially when we're just doing errands, etc. It's always so interesting to see where their minds go ;-)

And tell her I like your blog too. It's my first time here, but it won't be my last ;-)

Nicki Elson said...

Aw, that is the cutest conversation. Impromptu moments like that are definitely things to cherish. And Trader Joe's is the best!

M Pax said...

Nice questions she had. Interesting. Sounds like you spent some nice time together.

Finding joy in life is such a gift.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just found your blog and love this recapturing of a precious moment. I try to set time aside with my kids to have these kinds of things more often.

Chuck said...

I suspect she will follow in your footsteps...nice one, her trying to take the hit for the water bottom. Trying to build up the favor bank!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Thanks for the reminder to take some joy out of my daughters' conversations, rather than be impatient because they are interrupting my train of thought, which is often related to all the things I need to get done.

Listening ought to be higher on my list.

naida said...

Such a nice post. I like your blog too :)
And your daughter made a great observation about Peeta and pita.

alexia said...

Awesome! I love those quiet times with my son (who is also 10!), when we just talk about stuff.

Talli Roland said...

Love her chit-chat! :)

Mark Koopmans said...

If I'm ever in your neck of the woods, I'll have to stop off at the bakers and see what (if any) the other kids are called... Frenchie? Cookie? Whitey?

PS... *you* have a smart cookie on your hands... perhaps a future award-winning journalist :)

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