The last few weeks were marked by exhaustion/laziness. I walked, cooked, did the laundry, put things into wardrobe i.e out of the way. Nothing done particularly well. (All cupboards just have stuff dumped in, not placed/hung neatly and elegantly). Ennui ruled, big time. It was not lack of things to do. It was too many things to do, and a complete lack of interest in doing them. Not doing them added to the guilt, of course, compounding the burdened feeling.
We had a new cupboard made for our storeroom in the apartment. The old, smaller, almost cardboard/hardboard cupboard that I had ordered online last year, was falling to pieces. Our carpenter fixed that beautifully, too, after some persistent persuasion by the spouse. (The spouse is a force of nature, easier to go along with than to resist). The raison d'etre for the new cupboard were the bags and cartons of assorted objet d'art and candles and what not lying in our basement since we moved last year. (Unforgettably, on Independence Day. The cupboards were installed the next day). Somehow, I wasn't able to take myself down to the basement. The lift goes right there, our storage room isn't far from the lift either. The mental block was real. I knew I had to go, but I couldn't. Ironed laundry was piling up in the guest room, ironed sarees and blouses parked themselves on top of the laundry drier, right next to the steel almirahs in which they belong. There's a shelf full of sad pickles in the kitchen that urgently needs sorting. Books double-line the shelves, and are hence "unfindable".
My younger grandchild turned five yesterday. I think I was energized by talking to her. As of yesterday, all the kids in her Kindergarten class are five years old! There was tremendous magic in her being four years old one day, and five years old the next! I think that magic affected me too! August with its ennui is over, September is a brand new month. This morning I went for my walk with the basement key in my pocket, and came home with a large bag which I have yet to unpack and sort. The laundry has been put away. A new blogpost has been written. September augurs well.
I hope to be inspired by you. I have a mountain of stuff to do and am trying hard to break this present lethargy.
Long may the blog and the writer flourish!
It’s so refreshing to read this post. Looking forward to more , Doosi Nani. Love, Trish
Keep writing, Dipali! So lovely to see this post and feel your energy and resolve. Also much love to the not-so-little grandbabies!
Thank you so much, Maya, Trishna, Anamika!
Lovely post. I envy your energy.
This sounds so much like me, Dipali, and like our home. Dry-cleaned stuff piling up on old suitcases, a hardboard-cupboard (ordered online, yes) that's falling apart. Books stacked double so I end up having to pull out the front stack to see what's at the back...
Anonymous: I hope this energy lasts!
Dustedoff: Soulmates, I guess. Though I am nowhere as focused as you are!
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