Work & Play…. By Loba
Now that our little Rhiannon’s getting older, she is able to be lots of help. Like all kids, she’d like to only do what she feels like, and she is totally honest about that, but she also knows the importance of helping take care of things that are so essential and integral to our lives, whether clearing ditches for the coming storm run-off, or helping with the dishes that we need to cook and serve our lovely meals. Something we’re always working on is balancing work and play time– schoolwork balanced by time alone at the river, washing dishes but also swinging on her swing, gathering kindling but also riding the bike Wolf ordered and painted special for her (with an otter on the chain guard!).
Our current fun project is decorating a special fantasy wedding dress, in keeping with her interest in staging a marriage with a classy cat named Baron from the animated Miyazaki films… (by the way, we totally recommend most of his work, which combines elements of empowered girls and women, positive messages regarding nature and the effects of civilization, and the triumph of will… especially Howl’s Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke). Rhiannon’s lovely dress already features beaded ribbons, lacey sleeves, beads and more! She is so tickled to get to do some of the sewing, that she gladly completes her other less enjoyable chores!
I try to apply this means of balance and reward to myself as well, putting a few nonessential activities on my daily list of things to do, or just recognizing opportunities to soak in the beauty of the moment. Sometimes this may just mean slowing down what I’m doing enough to take in the magnificent view through the salvaged farm windows of our kitchen, as I scrub the pans. Or to sit by the cookstove fire as it’s getting going and offer a prayer of thanks. It’s truly amazing, discovering in everything I do an opportunity to connect deeper to myself, my purpose and home.
What do you do, where you live, to feel connected and nourished in the midst of a busy day?
Categories: Homesteading, Practicing Animá Lifeways