These are Days, Too

After I dropped the kids off at school this morning, I was amusing myself as I drove to work by thinking of how much had already been accomplished in the day, all of which was carefully orchestrated last night before Matt and I went to bed.  To summarize:

6:00AM Matt and I both got up;

6:10AM Matt took Gus for a quick walk and I got in the shower; when Matt got home he made Baxter’s lunch;

6:30AM We got Baxter up, made sure he got himself a good breakfast, Matt showered, I unloaded the dishwasher and ran some laundry through that had been put on “delay start” to be ready by this time;

7:00AM Matt got picked up to go to the airport so he can spend the next three days in San Francisco;

7:10AM Baxter got picked up for the before-school band practice (last one of the year!), I got Lyle’s breakfast ready and made his lunch and mine, dried my hair, and packed up for work;

8:00AM Lyle and I took the dog to doggy daycare (Gus was so excited when we got there that he jumped up and put his paws on the car dashboard, ejecting the CD that was in there, much to Lyle’s amusement);

8:10AM Lyle and I picked up one girl to take to school;

8:20AM We picked up another girl to take to school;

8:45AM We arrived at school, delivered a left-behind lunchbox to one of the boys in band, and off they all went!

While I was appreciating the complexity of moments like this in our life, the old 10,000 Maniacs song “These are Days” came on WXRT in the car.  Back in 1993, the spring and summer when Matt and I started dating (17 years ago?!) this was a favorite song of ours. It seemed to be playing constantly, everywhere. I can’t hear it without remembering long walks with Matt around St. Paul, Minnesota between classes that spring and watching him skip down the sidewalk and jump over puddles like a big goon. (You may think I’m making fun of him, but this is actually why I started dating him.)  It always makes me smile.

These are days
These are the days you might fill
With laughter until you break
These days you might feel
A shaft of light
Make its way across your face
And when you do
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be
See the signs and know their meaning
It’s true
Then you’ll know how it was meant to be

Those really were the days for us: carefree and easy, little on the “have to” list most of the time as college was winding down for me, hours and hours to be together.

But listening to the song while thinking about our wackadoodle life today seemed perfect, too. Because these are also the days, days filled with laughter and spring flowers and sun and a husband who will be a full partner in the insanity, making a trip to the grocery store for us before leaving town and initiating a conversation with me before bed to figure out how to make a busy morning work for everyone.

It would have been hard to imagine any of it seventeen years ago, but this is good, too. Really good.

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One response to “These are Days, Too

  1. Love that song. LOVE this post. LOTS.

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