Hubby had an errand this morning. He asked me join him, and I declined. I didn’t feel like going out, especially where he was headed.
So, for the first time in a while, I am home alone. Not just for an hour, but for more. It is delicious. It is quiet. It is exactly what I have needed.
I am an introvert. I love quiet times of solitude. It is refreshing to me. It energizes me. Yes, I could be a hermit and be quite content, I am that bad.
I have learned to deal the past couple years. Hubby is not noisy, he is not bothersome (for the most part 🙂 ), but he is here. His presence all day long and all night long can be tiring for me. Having spent a great deal of our marriage with him deployed and then on business trips, this time together is a challenge for me. One I don’t always conquer.
But, today, this morning, I am alone. I have forgotten how lovely it is to be the only one in the house. I finished getting some things organized and put away from earlier and I sat down for a cup of coffee and a piece of toast. Just for me. I did not have to get coffee and toast for anyone else. I did not have to talk to anyone. I sat, alone at the table, the dog at my feet and enjoyed myself. The coffee with just a hint of sweet and cream and the toast, wheat bread just the right hardness to it with melted butter on it. I sat and enjoyed the coffee and the salty toast. It was close to heaven. I read some Psalms and some words a good friend had written me four years ago. The words, then, were nice but somehow didn’t mean much to me. Rereading them this morning, I realized how much they describe the past couple years. The words, prophetic to me, encouraged me unexpectedly. I talked with the Lord. I had a great quiet time. A slow time, not rushed to make certain I should do something for hubby. It was just me. I savored the time.
Looking out our window I watched as bright red leaves danced in the wind. They will abandon their posts soon and the branches will be bare until spring. I hadn’t noticed the tree for a while and somehow, even that, made my morning complete.
Today, with time alone, I am observing a quiet life I took for granted. It is a wonderful respite.
Hoping you rediscover a calm today also, DAF