Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Ordinariness of Life

After the hustle and bustle and craziness of the holidays, things have settled down for the Wilson family. I'm back at work, Kinsey's back in school, and Sheryl is doing her outstanding job of taking care of the house and Connor and keeping things in general order.

It's very soothing on one level right now. At this point, we are sliding into a basic rhythm of life. It's always interesting with a 20-month-old who is starting to express himself vocally and trying to figure out his limits, but already having gone through this once with Kinsey, I'm finding myself more patient with Connor and the things he's going through. He's still not eating very well, but if we put something in front of him that he doesn't like, he either throws it to the dog or just plays with it, so the struggle continues.

Busy times are coming up. I'll be doing a little more freelance stuff here soon, church work is still busy and with the spring it'll be even moreso (interesting development on that later, not related to the worship ministry), so right now, I'm enjoying coming home, playing with my kids, and spending time with my wife.

Thoreau once wrote in Walden that "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation." I don't know if he would describe my life as that, but what I call it is contentment. I'm happy with who we are as a family and this is a time of life that I will probably look back on with great fondness. And I'm grateful for it.


Elysa said...

Ahhh, the return to a normal routine will be nice. Our kids are in year round school, so they've been tracked out for the last three weeks, and before that, we had two weeks of winter break. Don't get me wrong, it's been a wonderful track out for us, but the "normalcy" will feel good here too.
Hope all is well for the Wilsons this week!

Amy said...

And it is good to recognize the joy while you experience these days, rather than waiting to look back with fondness later.

I like your thoughts on the daily stuff.

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