Friday, July 21, 2006

I am Complex

That's what DC tells me all the time. I am gregarious. In my senior yearbook from high school, the quote beside my picture was "Speaking generally, she's generally speaking." In college, I earned the nickname "Mouth of Third South" because I would go around the dorm floor (third south) and entertain everyone while they got ready for bed (in the days when everyone "rolled" their hair every night and slept on those awful rollers. Beauty came at a very high price in those days). Then I would be all alone in my room, trying to study or get ready for bed in the dark, because everyone else was asleep.

I love to talk. I talk too much. I know it. Everyone knows it. I used to even get dinged on my work evaluations for being too "sociable." Now that I'm on a half time schedule, I'm too busy to talk too much!

But --- I also love solitude. When I was a young mother and we'd moved into this neighborhood, I began leaving the kids with DC every night and going for a walk. I watched everyone's lawns develop, got in better shape, and had time to think!

Now I truly love being alone. I am one of those who is perfectly content with a book and a shade tree. I even enjoy going to a restaurant alone and reading. I also walk and read, do the exercise bike and treadmill and read.

Don't get me wrong, I love my husband and my very large family. But I do love solitude.

Thought for the day from the Message, Proverbs 21 - "Valuables are safe in a wise person's home; fools put it all out for yard sales." I love it!


Kristen said...

What I wouldn't do for a little solitude.

I like the thought for the day.

Dawn said...

Leave the kids with Mike and go for a walk!! Same neighborhood, alal grown up!

Nikkie said...

I enjoy the solidtude when I can get it. It really is nice sometimes just to go outside with a book and read with out hassel!

MugwumpMom said...

I enjoy solitude as well, though haven't got the walking and reading thing down pat...would probably veer off the pathway and into oncoming traffic.
Hope you are having a great weekend

EmilyRoseJewel said...

I agree with you. I don't mind a little quiet time. That is why I think I am good to be a stay at home mom because I love people, but am okay just to be home and tend to my kiddo. My dream is to sit on the beach with a good book under an umbrella listening to the ocean. Very peaceful! Thanks for stopping by my site the other day!