Friday, January 28, 2011

Clear Vision

There's an epidemic in my family - and yours, too, probably.

Everyone's going blind.


Everywhere I go there is evidence that no one can see.

They are blind to
that backpack by the front door
the shoes and socks strewn on the lawn next to the trampoline
the pile of unfolded washcloths and dishtowels in the laundry room
the burnt out light bulbs in the kitchen
the basket of odds and ends that need to go downstairs
the pile of DVDs next to the television
the empty refrigerator 
and toys, toys, toys everywhere.

I am instantly notified if there is the slightest need in our household -
if we're out of toilet paper
if the basement needs vacuuming
if the pictures are crooked
if someone is crying
- it's a constant Twitter-feed of needs around here.

And I seem to be the only subscriber.

I've played games with the members of my family. It's called "Let's See Who Else Will Take Care of This."  The answer is always "Nobody," and then I get mad. So basically, we both lose.

Because I suffer from blindness, too.

I'm not seeing when my husband takes out the trash - or empties the dishwasher - or gets the mail - or mows the lawn - or cleans the bathroom.
I'm not seeing when my mom cooks dinner - or organizes the papers - or watches the kids  - or cleans up a spill - or helps with bath time.
I'm not seeing when my sister does the dishes - or takes the kids to the park - or feeds the NBC  - or sweeps the floor.

I'm in need of some LOVE LASIK - stat.

Because the thing about this particular kind of blindness is -

you can choose what not to see. 



And I need to choose to see love.

9 comments:

Jocelyn Christensen said...

I wanted to read this post, but my eyes are still closed.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

A.men. Around here there's a LOT of blindness and deafness. I was hoping for dumb, but .... darn.

Kimberly said...

This is more than "deepish", this is deeeep. And I love it and want to swim and scuba dive in it.

Brilliant, and just what I needed to read after a crappy couple of days.

You rock.

Wonder Woman said...

Once again, I am amazed at your voice and perspective. And photoshop capabilities.

I want to give this post a kiss on my finger tips as I pull them away from my mouth. Is there a name for that? In any case, I love this.

Lara said...

Oh. Here's where I've gone so very wrong lately.

I've dealt with the major outbreak of blindness with blindness of my own. You are just so smart, and I am so thankful you put these kinds of thoughts out there.

I'm off to choose to see love.

annie valentine said...

I choose not to see June.

This was so good.

Rachel Sue said...

Um, yeah. Did you have to post this? Because I'm not quite ready to jump off my high horse and actually, you know, thank my husband.


It's been a long and trying week.

Happy Mom said...

Beautiful perspective, girl!

Qait said...

Yeah, I know the feeling! :\
Great way to think about it though--reminds me of whichever hymn talks about the mote in your neighbor's eye when you have a beam in your own.
I certainly have that problem sometimes! :)