It’s 11:00 in the morning and I just woke up from a nap. I did it yesterday too. It wasn’t so much a nap as it was hiding under the covers in a shivering ball of uncertainty for an hour or so, but surprisingly a mid-morning nap sounds less pathetic, so I’ll stick with that. It’s where I generally go to think when there is big thinking to be done. Let’s face it, if there was ever a time for a big idea, yesterday would’ve been it. Or today. Pretty soon it will be tomorrow and the expectation will be for something even bigger. A gigantic idea. What if tomorrow passes and it becomes the next day and I still haven’t even formed a micro idea. Before I know it, it’ll be the weekend AND NOTHING EVER GETS DONE ON THE WEEKEND! What if too much time passes and the mere idea that I might have a big idea disappears like the trash on garbage day, never to be seen or heard from again? What if I already literally threw something away that would’ve inspired my big idea? That’s it! I’m going to start saving everything! That’ll definitely help. More clutter will provide more possible inspiration for ideas. Brilliant idea!
Maybe it’s the complete darkness underneath the covers that’s inhibiting my big idea? That’s plausible. Maybe I should open the blinds or consider turning the side table lamp on low? Maybe I need an actual light bulb on to have an actual light bulb moment? What an idiot idea. The light stays off.
Thank God. I look terrible.
Maybe I should weed out the bad ideas first and start thinking about the things I definitely do not need, like a hug. Trust me. Someone tried it. He almost died.
Maybe it’s the sudden lack of daily structured chaos? Empty space and time with no clear direction. I am not doing laundry. Laundry is not a big idea, nor is it the first thing I want to tell people I did with my alone time. I will sit here upside down in my bed tangled up in a ball of sweaty sheets FOREVER (until the kids get home) before I start doing laundry. Oh look, Mr. Teddy! How’d you get down here? Why do you always smell so weird? Why am I talking to you?
It’s the kid thing. They’re gone. Left on the bus yesterday morning one by one by one (even the littlest one this time) with their eager smiles and crazy ambitions ready to embark on a new school year with overwhelming zeal. I smiled, gave them all a hug, saw them off on the bus, waved until they could no longer see me, and proceeded to swim home in a sea of ugly tears, alone.
“Get up!,” I thought. “Do something! You have no excuse to not do something now! Take a bath. Read a book. Search your soul woman! Opportunity awaits!”
I don’t know what to do.
It’s too quiet. I followed a housefly into the next room simply to have an annoying sound within earshot, just like the good old days (yesterday and every day before that times infinity).
I miss them. What the hell is wrong with me?