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My Thoughtful Spot

Submitted by on June 23, 2010 – 4:44 am6 Comments

I know I spend a lot of time on my computer, but every now and then I force myself to just stop and look around.
I have a spot, too.
It’s in the corner of our bedroom.
And there I am surrounded by things I love.

The coverlet was crocheted by my great aunt in the 1920′s.
The brown wooden box on the high shelf was my Cuban grandmother’s sewing box.
The books are whatever I’m reading at the moment and my Bible, of course.
The picture is of those beautiful cherubs by the artist, Raphael,  because I hope to return to Italy one day.

I sit and think.
And read.
I write out lists.
And talk to God.
I remember my past.
I make plans for my future.
And write in my journal.
I stare out the window and listen to the birds.

Because I run a business.
Because I homeschool my kids and am with them 24/7.
Because I care for my aging mom.
Because I have so much I want to read and learn about.
Because I have so much I have to talk to God about.
Because I spend way too much time on my computer.
Because I need a place to just sit and think and just be.

In the sage words of Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Do you have a special spot? Tell me about it. Where is it? How often do you go there? Where do you go to recharge?

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  • Wendy says:

    Out The door of my bedroom, I have a tiny balcony. An iron tone love seat with squishy prussian blue cushions and matching chair sit in a corner, and the rest is overladen in potted plants. Camelias, fuschias, delphinum, snow plants, snaps, gerbera, and hyacinths vie for sun. Solarpowered fireflies blink on and off randomly. Siloettes of black ravens in iron perch on the balcony edges- collected from norhwestern travels. Resin and ceramic toadstools and rabbits ad whimsy. Jewel toned glass Japanese fishing baubbles grace the bambooed railing. A draping pepper tree grows above and around, from which dangle glass blown humming bird feeders and a few bird feeders. In the morning, releiably one or two hummingbirds flit around the feeders, then suckle on the mini hibiscus. Windchimes from travels and miniature bird baths dangle from smaller trees. Beyond the pepper tree, silverdollar eucylptus peek.
    Sitting with a cup of English breakfast tea, with cream and sugar, I just sit… Or flip through a guidebook, an occasional novel, pet a cat or dog that’s found me, and listen to my finches and eclectus below. I have some of those 24/7 homeschoolers too-and a business and husband- and too many employees seeking me out. It’s my most quiet and relaxing place in the house.

  • Michele Caridad says:

    I too have a spot that i go to…but it’s not necessarily in my house, nor do i go everyday (unfortunately) …

    its funny because more than one person have told me the peace they feel there and it attracts them for unspecific events or just to ponder about life.

    i ended up there…
    whenever i could detour on my way home to/from school
    when i didnt know which path to take..
    when i needed to talk to god without noise,
    when i graduated, got engaged, got married
    when i found out i had problems having children,
    when i found out i was pregnant
    every week of my pregnancy
    on our way home fromt the hospital with my daughter (and my mom and tata who are as devout as i)
    with my daughter as often as possible
    on our traditional easter sunrise mass with my best friend Lizy…

    La Hermita de La Caridad for me has a peace about it, especially just sitting on the Sea wall of Biscayne Bay. You dont even have to walk in…its the grounds, its the smell of the sea air. It might sound overly corny or overly Cuban but La Caridad del Cobre brings me Peace and Clarity. And that’s where you’ll find me …pondering

  • As Virginia Wolf said on her popular book, every woman needs “a room of one’s own…” to write and self-express and think! You’ve found your esquinita there. I go to my basement, where it is quiet and cooler. It’s my escape from the rest of the house, and I love it…

  • Unknown Mami says:

    Just reading about your spot made me relax. No, I do not have a spot. You are inspiring me to create one. I used to have a spot, but then the baby came and I gave up the spot.

  • Marcela says:

    I don’t have a spot, but your lovely post is inspiring me.
    Marcela´s last [fabulousness] ..cake- friends and happy days

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