It was a rainy day on Sunday. We had no plans, nowhere to go. After being spoiled with an unseasonably sunny week of being constantly outdoors, nobody felt like going outside in the drizzly mud. How boring, right?
Wrong! These days are the best, because they give our creativity a chance to come out. Our kids ended up getting the costume box out from the garage, and suddenly we had a Wolverine, a Captain America, and a Robin (Batman’s Robin, that is) bouncing around the house. Later, all of the couch cushions and blankets in the house ended up in an elaborate tent in our living room.
My husband escaped to the bathroom and gave himself a haircut. I went to the kitchen and rolled out a dozen homemade tortillas. As the afternoon brought a quieter energy, our younger kids got out the poker set and became absorbed in stacking and arranging poker chips on the dining room floor, as my husband worked on his laptop at the table. Our oldest son disappeared into his room, where he got lost in a book. I surrounded myself with a stack of cookbooks and made up the weekly menus and grocery shopping list.
I love days like this that allow for spontaneous activities – nobody is following any plan, nobody has anywhere to be. We are together, but we are all focused on our own things. It’s the quiet comfort of being a family. I also love the small little sounds – rain drizzling outside, my husband tapping at his keyboard, the clinking of the poker chips, the spontaneous chitter-chatter of the kids.
These days I fear that we have too much entertainment at our fingertips, children and adults alike! With so much media, especially portable media, we no longer have to be bored for a minute. As crazy as it sounds, maybe we should make more of an effort to actually get bored sometimes!
Our brains need a break. We need time to digest the information we’ve taken in, to reflect on it, to form our own opinions. To come up with brilliant new ideas. To simply enjoy being with the people that we love without having to do anything in particular.
I think we all could benefit from a few moments of utter boredom. Don’t you?