“The moon is messing with us.”
Yesterday is dust –
cutting tiles and color coordinating.
Daddy worked a long day
at home and away.
I entertained children –
gaming with daughters,
eating chips and laughing.
The baby screamed,
he threw things.
He’s no longer napping.
I held him. I rocked. I said,
“I know, baby. I know.”
Sushi break with Mia.
“They say this place is magic.”
“Who is they?”
“I am they.”
At the book store
we walked down isles
of titles and things –
so many things.
I sat down to plan future things,
and anxiously awaited
the unfolding of things.
We packed up our things,
to a grand home
where the tick-tocks of clocks
soothed us to sleep.
My tired eyes read –
Will Grayson, Will Grayson –
until I gave in.
As the dust settled, so did we,
there we lied, in blankets covered,
safe and whole.
The baby between us,
Daddy put my hand on his tired head.
“I love my sweet boys.” I said.
The children slept,
they were happy.
I am one-part “they.”
And they closed their eyes to dream
of more of these things,
more bedtime stories like these
filled with everyday things
and everyday people
and maybe, just maybe,
a little more sleep
for us all.
Well, here we are folks, three days away from a new year and I did not reach my Goodreads goal of 30 books (I read 26). Oh well, it’s not the number of books read that matters. What truly matters is the substance and how it still lingers in my blood. Here are some of the words still warming my insides and expanding my heart and mind:
“‘You were her way here, and it’s a dangerous thing to be a door.’ She tapped my chest, above my heart, with her forefinger.” The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
“Only those who can enjoy using their imaginations when working with limited resources know true freedom.” A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind by Shoukei Matsumoto
“Everyone builds wealth. The only question is: For whom?”The Latte Factor by David Bach
“[…] anytime I sense perfectionistic tendencies perking up to stop me […] Write this one down: Starting small and sucky beats staying stucky.” Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
“Maybe I could stop looking for someone to blame, let my flaws settle and meld with the rest of me, stop taking my name – and my self – so seriously.”Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself by Mark Epstein
“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.” Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
“…and for a few moments, it was just the three of us […] – the three who knew what had happened and too many layers between all of us, too much keeping us from one another.” Looking for Alaska by John Green
“I love my mother, so I say this with a double-size-serving of guilt: because her words came so easily and cost her nothing, they were never quite as precious as Dad’s.” Like Water by Rebecca Podos
“‘I see someone who hasn’t decided on anything yet.’ What is the art I want to make? I only know I want to undo the dark, discover the secrets I’m keeping from myself.” How to be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
“To the calm mind, the universe kneels to play. From the agitated mind, the universe shies away.”Livin’ The Moment by David Romanelli
I love books and the people who write them. I had a wonderful journey through 7,500+ pages. Each book I read inspired me in one way or another and I know I’ve grown from the nourishment of novels.
I look forward to the books I will discover in 2020. If you’d like to follow my reading journey, please visit: Ashley’s Goodreads Profile.
And please share some quotes or books you’ve read this year that inspired you in the comments below.
Until next time…