When I was walking Shiloh this afternoon we emerged from the shade into brilliant sunlight and I stopped dead in my tracks. I lifted my face to the sun, closed my eyes and just stood there…for probably a full minute. It felt so good. I had been planning to start cleaning house as soon as we finished our walk but I knew deep in my soul that I needed the sun more than our floors needed to be vacuumed. And if you had seen all the clumps of Shiloh hair on my floors you would realize the extent of my need.
So I did the less responsible but truly wise thing. I pulled my zero gravity chair from its usual stargazing spot out into the sunshine. With Shiloh snoozing beside me and WWOZ (a New Orleans radio station) on my phone I laid back and soaked up the sun for about 20 minutes. It was just what I needed.
And then I went indoors and got in high gear. Now the dishes are done, the furniture is feather dusted and the floors are free of Shiloh hair. I know winter is coming and with it, fewer opportunities to enjoy warm sunshine. There was a time when I would have stuck to my original plans and spent the whole afternoon cleaning house. I now realize that housework will always be there but special moments have to be captured as they come. Carpe diem and all that.