weekend house

April 4, 2011

sunday afternoon, when my work week is finally done, i identify my target {bed}, lock in, aim body, and fire in for my long-awaited {well-deserved} nap.

the sounds of our house stir me into sweet compose.

at first blush a baby might even find the silence too still and lull.

but sit a moment.

eyes closed.

the house breathes, beats and reverberates a peaceful lullaby:

from our bedroom i can hear harbor boats blast their booming, deep hulled tenor as they signal around the bay; soulful hellos boasting their years here on the water.

downstairs the percussion pants of de-conditioned beasts unaccustomed to neighborhood walks in the springtime sun, beat time to creaking, cracking ankles of the beast walker; no longer the tennis star he was in his youth.

snip, snip, snap sound the garden sheers of my neighbor miles. retired, he tends to his japanese boxwood with the love and care of an old-fashioned courtship. next he attempts to tame his wild, unruly, hot-pink, tea roses who crisscross his white pickets with the sass and rebellion of a teenager. sadie, his portuguese water puppy, plays bunny-rabbit throughout the yard, greeting all who walk by with a lick and a hop.

a sleepy smile escapes my slumber when i hear my beloved sock slippering the hard wood halls, office to den, to check an occasional basketball score, and scour the pantry for something chocolatey and sweet.

squeaky wheels peep from the kids on their cruisers pedaling home from the beach. cheeks burned, sand in their suits.

weekend coming to a close. just like my nap.

i’ve always thought i looked my best after a nap. even with my eyes a little puffy, hair a bit here and there. i’m my most katie after my naps. especially on sunday afternoons.

especially in the quiet of my house.

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  • auntie char

    Yes…..you ARE most like "Katie" after a beloved nap. You awoke a strong, sweet memory of a little girl I use know….always fighting sleep "I NOT Tired!". So afraid she would miss something. And then surrending to the land of winks & nods….drowsy & cuddly and completely, heart-breakingly adorable: with a unique fragrance of damp sweet peas with touch of cinnamon. Yes….the most "Katie"

    Sigh…..my sweet Katie dear.

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