Friday, July 24, 2015

The gift of "Same old, same old"

As a mother, I know I am preaching to the choir when I say there have been stretches of my life that have felt like a mini clip from "Ground Hog Day." Waking up to the thought, "And here we go again."

With one major exception.  I have never managed to attain the gloriousness that is  Andie MacDowel's hair. Don't even pretend you don't know what I am talking about. That woman has hair to die for. As in, "I would sell one of my kidneys to get tresses like that" kind of hair. Other than striving for the perfect spiral perm, some days can feel EXACTLY like Ground Hog Day. A particular kind of repetition that can seem constant.

It is a steadfast routine of tasks we do out of love for our families. It is the constant battle of sheets, pillow cases, and laundry. It keeps things in order. It helps diminish the chaos of the world outside, providing a sense of structure and calm within the four walls of our homes. A predictability that makes everything in the outside world easier to handle.

It is a lot like the feeling I get when I walk into the four walls of this sanctuary. It doesn't matter if I am in Austin or New Jersey. It doesn't matter if I am in  Shamong or London.

There is a stillness to this place that settles the darting thoughts in my mind. I am the kind of person who likes to sit in the same pew every Sunday. I like that we say the same prayers, the same way, every Sunday.

I love that we sing the songs my parent's parents sang during Mass. I love that we genuflect the same way my great grandparents did.

I appreciate that it is always the same, no matter where I live.  But I still wish I had Andie's hair.


  1. I love you and your blog!! It makes me smile every day!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa <3 Hugs to you and your sweet family!

  2. I have really enjoyed reading your blogs! A very humorous spin on real life and raising a family. You are a natural at words...keep it up. Thanks for sharing with us all :-) ~~Susie Stovall

    1. Susie- thanks for taking the time to read all about my crazy thoughts <3