This is the Five Word Meme. Melli has given me five words and she wants me to share my thoughts on them. After you’ve read my meme, if you feel inclined to play along, say so in the comments and I will send you five words of my choosing.
1.) Simple pleasures
There are so many seemingly inconsequential things I enjoy — the sound of falling rain; bird song, fresh breezes, natural silence, and skin. Skin — simple human contact. I come from an affectionate family. We hug, we kiss, we hold hands. I did not realize how important such things were to me until I moved away. My ex-husband’s family definitely weren’t into casual touch or any outward displays of affection. My ex- did not understand why anybody would want to hold hands, or cuddle just for the sake of cuddling.
Luckily for me, my Amoeba is very affectionate. We hold hands almost everywhere we go. Sometimes when we are sitting side-by-side reading he will just reach out and touch me because I am there. He doesn’t want anything but contact. It thrills my heart — especially since he willingly accepts the same. If, as I am passing by, I stop and give him a hug or kiss the top of his head, he doesn’t say, “What was that for?” or question my motives. He just squeezes my hand or turns up his face for another kiss.
Sometimes the simple pleasures in life are the most valued pleasures of all.
My Amoeba works 8-12+ hours per day. If he is not in his office, then he is working at home. Generally our weekends are quiet and I try to encourage down time — often he works anyway. On Sundays I know he will have some respite because we always go to church. I do not plan busy weekends. I try to make certain all of Amoeba’s physical needs are met so he can rest.
God. Jesus. You. For the most part I am inspired by everyday people and the efforts they put into living their lives and being the best they can be.
I like card games. I rarely play. I think the last time I engaged in a non-video game was shortly after we moved to Hawaii. We lived in Makaha. A huge storm came through and ripped 18 power poles out. The only road out of our neighborhood was impassable so we were house-bound for three days — a good part of which we had no electricity. Amoeba and I talked and laughed and played cribbage for hours.
In high school and college I was all about pinball. In fact, the first time I went to college — back when education was more important to the powers that be than how much tuition they could rake in — I spent so much time in the pinball arcade that my advisor called me into his office to make certain I knew that the Corner Pocket wasn’t a sanctioned classroom and I couldn’t earn a degree in pinball wizardry.
These days I play video games. I like skill games like Tetris — ones that challenge me to beat my own high score. I also like Spider Solitaire and I have a Backgammon game on my cellphone which I enjoy.
Oh dear. I think I have more dreams than goals. Goals require plans and discipline, and as my Amoeba lovingly pointed out to me the other day, I am markedly short on both right now. I have been since I hit Hawaii. I don’t really want to blame it on the state, but it does seem to have affected my state-of-mind. I just don’t see my future. Hopefully Washington State and the possibility of teaching again will change that.
I guess, then, I do have a goal. I have a timeline given to me by the school district and I will begin the application process for a Washington State Teacher’s license soon.
Thanks, Melli. That really wasn’t so painful. Anybody else want 5 words? Just drop me a note in the comments. I’ll get back to you!