Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rainy Day Tuesday - Unwrapped

It's a raining-cats-&-dogs kind of day. The kind that tricks the Littles into sleeping in an extra 20 minutes. The kind that begs for all-day pajamas and hot food instead of cold meat sandwiches.

True, we can't travel the world today.

Or draw up a sidewalk-chalk city.

The laundry today will lack the crispness that is so decadent on a sheet but so woeful on a bath towel.

But, we will read the most smashing library books - this one and this one were our favorites - books about dreaming big dreams and making your own adventure and enjoying the ordinary.

We will make an ill-conceived attempt at shoving back the coffee table (finding 2 Cocoa Puffs beneath and marveling at how long it has been since we have had Cocoa Puffs in the house) for a "Play Area". Heads will be bonked. Toddlers will take up arms. Whining and crying will ensue. Bedroom break-times will result.

We will wipe and wipe and wipe runny noses.

We will sing about the man who went to bed and bumped his head and couldn't get up in the morning.

We will ask for second helpings of peas.

We will draw pictures of people who are all heads and limbs - not a torso in the bunch.

We will slather Vicks onto chests and shuffle upstairs to rest.

We have plenty to do, on these rainy days. Mostly, we have the drip-dry time to unwrap the gifts of each other, of shelter and our Cozy Warms, and of the choice we have, every single day, to find beauty in the rain, the left-overs, and the quibbles.

tuesdays unwrapped at cats


  1. One of my absolute favorite things to discover as a mom of a preschooler is the people drawings of all head and limbs. It absolutely melts my heart, completely. I have a hard time throwing the 10,000 of them away :)

  2. You make rainy days sound lovely.

  3. You make rainy days sound fun! I lvoe those days- sometimes. My 6 y.o. draws really sweet pictures too, except I have a very round body...

  4. I hope your little ones are feeling better soon..... we have had two weeks of cold rainy days, but today is sunny and warm. I am giving thanks!

    Have a beautiful albeit rainy day!

  5. Um, it's beautiful and sunny if Florida but you make me wanna come and hang out at hour house instead! Enjoy your day!

  6. I love rainy days for all the reasons you just said. Today I am cleaning closets...what is it about the rain that makes me finally want to clean? Hmmm...


  7. So you're saying you don't like crunchy towels?

    It's cloudy here, but sometimes sunny so my mind is confused. Clean or read? Mop or eat?
    So I blame the weather that some things are cleaned and some things are covering the floor (clean underwear).

  8. Rainy days were some of the most special days at our house when my children were small. You've given me a chance to reflect on all those special memories... hours of play dough, coloring, reading our favorite stories, those extra minutes of sleep because of the dark and dreary weather, and finally, being able to parade through the puddles in our boots.

    Have a wonderful and blessed day of unwrapping all your gifts and finding the beauty in it all.

  9. Oh, goodness. I know about those towels that accidentally get thrown on the line. *shudder*

    Not a torso in the whole bunch of children-drawn people! Cute! I remember the days:)

  10. I'm havin' the same kinda day. No Cocoa Puffs though. Amen darlin'.

  11. *I* took a nap today in honor of the rainy day. :)

  12. We drew lollipop people at our house....two legs with a head on top. Rarely even arms. Boy, do I miss those little drawings!
    Rainy days are good for the soul. As long as they take turns with sunny days, also known for being good for the soul!

  13. You are amazing...I ADORE your writing. You make my heart smile each day as I read your blog. Love, love, love you!!!

  14. second helpings of peas? woman, i need you over at my place, pronto. (or at the very least, please write a book on your child-whispering, kid-charming wiles.) (you know, in all your spare time.)

  15. Rainy days are great to have those exact moments....sounds wonderful!

  16. Wonderful pics...I mean, Johnny Jump-ups? Love those! And you make rainy days sound lovely, as they well should. Your three littles will look back on these days with a sigh, you are shaping their memories so wonderfully!

  17. Pure poetry. We've been putting on the Vicks and sleeping in late too. Our whole week is rain...whaaaaa:(

  18. As my mama said the other day, "She is soooo good!"

    That would be YOU!

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps Cocoa Puffs...YUM!!!

  19. We've had two rainy days in a row and I'm loving it! I am actually in yoga pants and a big old sweatshirt, answering emails and visiting my favorite blogs. :)

    Yours was my first stop!

  20. sometimes rainy days really are wonderful... especially if they involve art and coffee!! =)

    I love chalk cities!! do you ever make chalk roads for tricycles?!! =) *sigh* we are past that now... so sad.. kinda!

  21. I love the rain. This is beautiful, so very touching.

  22. This was lovely, and of course, made me cry. thank you for linking it up. Simply perfect.