November 1, 2011

Just thank you


It's 6:22 pm and we're already back from trick or treating. I ordered Jimmy Johns delivery mostly because I wanted a pop so bad and don't have a car right now to go to a drive-thru. I told the kids they could have three pieces of candy before dinner.

We went from house to house in the daylight, and Gray just laughed and laughed at his friends and skipped along swinging his bucket. I met neighbors I've never known. This is good. 

I am retreating again, to family and home and feeling distant from everything and everyone else. And it's kind of comforting? If we decide to have only one car I will be stuck here, but responsible feels better than a whole lot of other things.

I am so happy it's going to be November. If anything, to start with an empty cup. I know it will fill. Let me enjoy this. Can I just sit back and smile for a while. What if the only words I said were thank you. They are enough.

A man wrote in a notebook as each child came up for candy. Was it a tally of how many kids came by? Was he writing down which costumes he saw? I wish I'd asked. But it doesn't really matter. I don't need to know everything. My heart, my head are better off when I don't.


- linking up w/ just write

17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a lovely night:) I love the picture...so sweet! I can't wait to see you, by the way:)

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  2. I love that you were done before most people even began! Your words are lovely, Stephanie.

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  3. Love that you had a good night together.
    I agree. Responsible is much better than a lot of other things (like being in debt for us - or at least helping get us OUT of debt faster!)

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  4. We're a one-car family right now, and I gotta say- although it does require some planning, it doesn't drive me crazy like I thought it would!

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  5. Perfect and lovely. And I love your empty-cup thoughts on a new month beginning ... I need to pause today to appreciate that, too.

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  6. We've only ever had one car. I think I'm less busy because of it. I can't fill my day with errands, which I don't mind at all. I'm not a fan of busy.

    Love your reflection and sitting back to smile for a while.

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  7. I have really been enjoying your free writing posts. This one is my particular favorite so far. I can feel a sense of calm and joy in your words..how refreshing! I'm learning that "responsible feels better than a whole lot of things" as well. This darn growing up...it aches at times but in the end it's all worth it. :) Have a wonderful day!

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  8. Yes! Each month is like a new beginning. I need one just about every thirty days :)

    And I think these are two of the best months of the year. Cozy months.

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  9. I'm trying to use this month to prepare my heart for the Christmas season and its TRUE meaning and just be more thankful and calm. This post is right in line with that and I love it.

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  10. Oh, Steph, I am FEELING this post right now. On so many levels. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I came here from Just Write today, and feel so glad I did.

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  12. Your words make such a lovely cadence. Thank YOU.

    Also, re: the notebook guy, Luke's sitter keeps a tally of trick or treaters every year. It seems way to math-minded for me, but it's kind of neat to hear her compare this year to last.

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  13. We're a one car family. What makes it easy is that my husbands takes the goldline (which is the subway in LA) and it's only 5 minutes walking distance from our house. We would like to be a one car family for a while. We don't have any plans to own two cars and it's pretty nice on the wallet too.

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  14. Such sweet words - and I wonder what he was doing...see, I would need to know.
    I have to get better at that.

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  15. Oh you. Your words that I love so much.

    some dear friends of ours get TONS of trick or treaters every year and that's what they do...keep a tally of how many and then compare from year to year. They even divide it hour by hour. totally cracks me up.

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  16. My mom proudly "tallies" every year... She called me and told me she had 97 this year; oh, and she facebooked it :) Moms...

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