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Friday, November 16, 2007

Tangent Alert: Finding Moments of Joy

I'm starting to believe you have to actively search for joyous moments in life--few are the times that joy gets you unless you're open to receive it.

Tonight we took a few hours off to have a decent dinner (salmon alfredo pasta--good for the brain), milk the goat (yes, there's a goat now--2 actually) and play hide and go seek with our son (who will be 4 next March). I had forgotten how much fun playing hide and go seek is.

My hubby was supposed to hide first. He did great, confounding our son to the point that hubby gave up and came out. I mentioned that he's a good hider, so my son stated wryly, "Ok, DaDa, you hide in my room." Ah yes, place restrictions on your opponent's movements--didn't Machiavelli suggest that, too? ;-) My hubby hid (not in our son's room--treachery! ;-) and not too well once he started cracking up as I narrated our search for him. Finding him, our son decided he would hide.

The foldout bed is still open from my father's recent visit, and my son crawled under the sleeping bag while my hubby counted. "Ready or not, here I come !" was answered with giggles. My hubby raised an eyebrow. "Where's Jaiden?" he asked. "I'm here!" came the chuckled reply.

I cracked up. But it's very similar to Jai's take on traditional knock-knock jokes.... "Knock-knock," our son says. "Who's there?" one of us asks. "You!" replies our existentialist boy. Yes, amidst the heartache, the loss and depression, there's still joy. We just have to hunt for it a bit more actively some times.

Take care!
~Saoirse

2 comments:

writerwoman said...

Where's Jaiden?" he asked. "I'm here
LOL!!!

And a goat? Oh my. You inspire me. You have all these animals, your precious little boy, and time to write. That is seriously impressive.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Yep, my boy's something else. I was making dinner tonight and he asked why I was making what I was making (eggplant parmesan) and before I could answer he quipped (with a roll of his eyes) "Is it good for our brains?"

Ah, yes... Gotta' switch up my reasons I tell him we eat certain things. Luckily he likes everything from spinach to salmon (although his favorite thing is still M&Ms).

I appreciate the compliments (always ;-) but there are many days I drag a bit and feel far less than impressive. I think as writers/artists it's in our nature to be up and down.

Someone said once (paraphrasing) that in order to be a good writer you have to believe, "This is the best thing ever written," one moment and then, "I really have to revise this piece of crap," the next.

I think they're right. The volatility of the "artist" mentality can yield some interesting results.

Take care!
~Saoirse

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