One of my favorite parts about having children is that sayings you haven’t heard since 1982 become part of daily life again. “You know what? Chicken Butt.” Kids either keep you young or toss you right back in time to create a very large, somewhat over weight ten year old. It’s awesome.
I picture you taunting me as I write this post. “Leslie and Yoga sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage…” Or else you’re just poking your eyes out, “STOP WITH THE YOGA DEAR GOD STOP”
No. You’re not the boss of me.
During this time of transition, we’re all a little wonky. Bat-shit-crazy. Losing our ever loving minds. We’re all bumping in to boxes and searching for things and coming up cussing, “Did you already pack the [insert important item here]?!” HULK SMASH.
It’s like, so totally rad. Not.
I have a tendency to “pile on” as Mr. Flinger says. When things get hard, I make them harder. Deadline at work? Why not try to get four sites done instead of that one big one? Moving and having most of your food in chaos? Why not start a diet and freak out about not losing weight because you’re eating out too often? Worried about paying bills? Why not make a long spreadsheet about how you need to repair the cars before they both die and OMG WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE ONE DAY MOTHER OF ALL MERCY.
See? Piling on.
It just so happens that I’ve also decided to love me some Yoga. Yoga makes the piling on go away. Yoga makes the weight, well, in theory, go away. (I have yet to experience this phenomenon even though I’m sore most every day. I’m working really hard not to pile on right now about why my body hates me so much.)
Seriously, someone stop me. I’m about to post pictures.
OH YES I AM.
I’m trying to find balance. To be OK with a touch of chaos. To reflect on the fact that it always gets done, one way or another, it always gets done.
I’m trying to reach inward, not outward, to find strength. To be a woman capable of keeping the family in harmony when harmony is most impossible.
I’m seeking ideals from new foundations, bringing outside, fresh, new perspectives in; finding quotes comforting and challenging, as much as new poses and the rhythm of the Vinyasa in Yoga class are. “Buddhism holds that everything is in constant flux. Thus the question is whether we are to accept change passively and be swept away by it or whether we are to take the lead and create positive changes on our own initiative. While conservatism and self-protection might be likened to winter, night, and death, the spirit of pioneering and attempting to realize ideals evokes images of spring, morning, and birth.” -Daisaku Ikeda quotes
At the end of the day, I strive to find hope, spring, morning, birth. To focus on the lengthening daylight and the new buds of life. I remind my family that soon, very soon, our lives will become what we always strived for. My daughter reads and talks about first grade. My son asks how to spell words and writes his own two-year-old version. We tackle growth and learning and becoming as one: a family adapting, growing, seeking.
And still, we sit at the dinner table telling very corny knock knock jokes and one-upping each other with “that’s what she said.”
Because some things never change.
(Heh, I said when things get hard.)
8 guests here now.
I loved this, Leslie. You made me smile from the inside out.
By Angella on 2010 03 02
By amanda on 2010 03 02
Downward-facing Dawg, baby!
By Liz@thisfullhouse on 2010 03 02
Awesome pictures. You kick ass, lady.
By cindy w on 2010 03 02
You look way more like the yoga videos I have than anything I do in sweatpants in my living room.
Here’s hoping this period of chaos and stress passes quickly.
By TexasRed on 2010 03 02
I miss YOGA! Do it all you can girlie!
I used to do it daily, now I cannot even find time to do it weekly. :(
*Also, my grand-baby is now asking “What”, then saying “Chicken Butt!”. I’m totally to blame for this. *
By Sara on 2010 03 02
We always said “guess what? chicken butt” and also… “guess why? turkey thigh.” We were so clever.
I have to say I’m totally impressed with your yoga moves. I can’t even get through the first 3 on the wii fit without totally cracking up and falling over.
By Colleen on 2010 03 02
By Al_Pal on 2010 03 05