If you were enter the room I’m sitting in right now, it would likely look cluttered to you. Messy, even. That’s because it’s the playroom, and kids live here. And, frankly, I often lack the energy to spend much time tidying it myself. It just feels futile, because I know that 15 minutes after I finish, it will be a disaster again.
Truthfully, however, the mess isn’t the whole story. It’s like the cover of the book – it might give you an inkling of what’s going on within, but you need to dig deeper to really understand. To better understand the messy view I’m seeing, and in the process to get a picture into my life, I’m going to share the story of five things I can see right now, and their significance.
What I See Right Now
1. Jehovah’s Witness Literature Lying on the Floor – I’m a religion buff. While I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness, and I don’t intend to become one, I gladly take their pamphlets because I’m interested in what people believe, and why. These materials give me some insight into one belief system. Plus, there’s a lovely lady who understands that I’m not converting and she delivers them to me, so I don’t even need to lift a finger to get them.
2. A Rocking Horse With a Toy on the Seat – The rocking horse was a gift from my parents when I was about six or seven years old. It was designed with a clever mechanism, so that it can’t tip over or crush any little fingers. It was originally faceless, but my daughter drew a smiling mouth and eyes on it. The toy was left on the seat when my son was giving it a ride. Seeing it makes me smile, thinking about continuity and the things we pass on to our children.
3. A Fisher-Price Chatterbox Phone – This was a recent purchase, at my son Jacob’s request, because the retro-cool toy was featured in a Toy Story movie. My children seem to find its rotary dial charming and mysterious, like some kind of ancient artifact. My daughter Hannah refers to it as a classic. It’s her newest term for anything that she considers old-fashioned, speaking in hushed and reverent tones.
4. My iPad – I’m reading a lot right now. Its pink cover is still open because I was finishing off a chapter of The Casual Vacancy while I waited for my computer to re-boot. Up next, I bought a gardening book that I’m planning to read in the hopes that it will contain vital information, which will decrease the number of failed crops I experience this year. The cover is pink because my husband knows that while I rarely wear the colour, I really enjoy wrapping my technology in it.
5. My Sewing Machine – It’s still threaded with the green thread I used on my kids’ Christmas costumes. It enjoys a spot of privilege on my desk since I dedicated part of my workspace to crafting. However, I have to admit that I haven’t started any new projects in month. I have to get on it soon, though, because I have a baby blanket to make for my newborn nephew. And I also have a bunch of supplies to make some spring clothes for myself. I’ll share the finished projects with you.
Does what I see provide some kind of window into my soul? I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it does tell you something about me and the way that I live. Which leads me to my question for you – what do you see right now, and what is its backstory?