Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Watching the Clouds June 8, 2014

It’s ugly. And scary looking. And (perhaps worst of all) it doesn’t look like it’s getting much better. But today (in a moment of selfish weakness) I realized I am thankful for it. My dear forever dad injured his leg very badly playing softball the other night. When I say bad, I mean bad.

Off We Go

Off We Go

His entire shin is torn brutally torn apart from sliding into third base. The worst part about it? He was out anyway. Nonetheless, it’s there. And I can tell he’s trying to be strong about it, but it hurts.  A lot.

So today my people did something they haven’t done in a very long time. They stayed home for no other reason than to rest. Not because they were sick. And dad will tell you he could have handled doing any number of things regardless of the big red gash that is currently in the process of healing on his leg. But they didn’t. Instead they all stayed home, with me, all day long. Don’t tell them I told you, but they even napped a bit while Carter did at one point.

And I loved it. Not only because (mostly by default) they spent the day with me. Or because they put aside the list of things they could have done. But because sometimes you really do need to pause like they did today to reboot and recharge your batteries.

It’s been tough for me to see them both run themselves ragged keeping up with everything since dear baby Carter came home. There are some days they both pass out the second their heads hit the pillow. Then there are days like today.

“Rest is not idleness,” suggested British statesman John Lubbock, “and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

It wasn’t so ugly. And I’m not ashamed to say I am grateful for dad’s injury. Because today it forced my people to slow down and watch the clouds. No such thing is a waste of time to me.


5 Responses to “Watching the Clouds”

  1. Lyn Says:

    Oh your poor Dad! Shin injuries are always painful because the flesh is so close to the bone there. make sure he rests up Wiles, even if you have to sit on him 😉
    I bet your Mom is spoiling him…just a little.

  2. utesmile Says:

    Even without an injury a day’s rest is priceless for everyone ! Hope your dad’s leg is healing well!

  3. Resting is fun. I love when Mom and I rest for a day. It’s rare, but awesome when it happens. Your dad probably needs you to lay your head on his sore leg. That’s how I helped Mom after her knee surgery. I think “bony dog head” is good medicine.

    Love and licks,

  4. Taking time out to remember what’s special is very important!! Hope dad is feeling better soon!!

  5. Sometimes our “wake up call” can be painful, Wiley, but it’s good to slow down, watch the clouds or smell the flowers. I hope he heals smoothly, though! 🙂

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