I stood at the sink washing dishes at 5 o’clock this morning. Simultaneously feeling disappointed that I didn’t wake up to a clean kitchen, and feeling grateful for the slow start, warm water, and lavender scented dish soap. I broke a dish. I chose not to worry about it.
At some point I looked up, noticed the day’s first light, and listened to the riot of birdsong. Just then, a beautiful, slick looking fox ran through the back yard with a huge deer chasing it at full speed, not ten feet behind the fox. It was crazy! And of course, it had me soon after reading up on the combination of deer and fox seen together, as animal totems. (My research came up a little dubious, feel free to share any wisdom.)
You never know how things are going to work out. We had a busy morning scheduled here; debate camp for Emily, the start of a trial for Adam, and the launch of a workshop for me. It would have been really nice to wash all those dishes last night and come downstairs to a tidy kitchen. But last night was hot and sticky, we were all just kind of hanging around trying to squeeze every moment out of a laid back Father’s Day. Eventually we were so tired from watching Captain America save the world, we just went to bed, dishes unwashed.
You know what the moral of this story is, right?
If you go to bed with clean dishes, then you may not be standing at the sink in the morning when the fox and deer run by.
Not even 5:15 in the morning and the day had given me two lessons.
- Don’t worry about leaving dishes in the sink at night. They’ll be there in the morning, and it’s possible a fox and deer will be there, too.
- Get up early, or the day will start without you and you might miss the best part.