Beautiful Boring (itty bitty thoughts)
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I didn’t watch The Thing last night. I didn’t even know The Thing was happening until I saw a few memes about it on MeWe. People were creating a drinking game for the The Thing and then joking that everyone would be dead from alcohol poisoning if they actually followed the rules of the game, which included taking a shot every time Whichever Whoever said Whatever at the debate.
No, instead yesterday was a pretty boring day in my pretty boring life.
I made caramel rolls.
I cut more sage and then spread it out on racks to dry.
I wrote out a card to a friend and stuck it in the mail.
I paid a bill, fed chickens, filled waters.
I collected eggs and pulled plants that were done producing and tossed them to the pigs.
I swept, because with three dogs in the house you can’t miss a day of sweeping.
I considered the topics of future books to write.
I returned emails. So many emails.
I proofread a paper for the youngest before he submitted it for a class.
I talked to the oldest about his plans to soundproof his closet because mom, I really want a vocal studio.
And at dusk, I walked through the back field and admired the almost full moon and listened to Quarter Past Four by Avriel and the Sequoias through my earbuds.
I had a relative once tell me that she liked talking to me because there was no drama in my life and that my life was, in fact, pretty boring.
I sometimes like to think what she actually meant was beautiful boring.
It’s not that we don’t have issues or struggles. It’s not that the shit never hits the fan here. I mean, we all have that. That’s part of being alive.
But my 41 years this go round on the planet has taught me that it’s up to us to decide what we decide to get involved in. What drama we take on. What drama we allow in.
A beautiful boring life doesn’t necessarily go viral on social media.
You know, like The Thing did. Like Whichever Whoever said Whatever usually does.
I’m okay with a beautiful boring life.
I mean, I like the people here. And there are caramel rolls.
So, there’s that.
— Amy Dingmann, 9-30-20