Scout told me that he can’t shake the feeling that he has homework to do. One of his friends agreed. Even though school is out, there is a black cloud following them that picks at them as they relax into summer. It’ s the feeling that they have homework waiting for them.
I smiled. Welcome to the adult world where there’s always grass that needs to be cut, laundry that needs to be washed, and people that need to be called.
But they don’t have any homework, just the nagging sensation that they should, so when I heard the phrase, “Cut the cord” today, it made me think of all the situations that we need to sever and let fly away.
- Will there be enough money to pay for insurance, food, clothing, etc tomorrow?
- What about the next day? And then the next?
- What if someone in the family gets sick? Really sick?
- How can I make sure Scout has all he needs to become an outstanding young man?
- Will I be a mean old woman when I grow old, or a dottering old nutcase?
Okay…as you can see…I’m making great progress toward the nutcase end of the spectrum.
I like the image of cutting the cord and letting those worries float away. As the Bible points out…I don’t accomplish a thing by gnawing on those thoughts and roping them around me.
So I think, this week, I’ll find something to let go of each day. Today it will be anger.
I’ll let go of the anger at the neighbor who keeps coming over and peering through my window to see if I’m home. I know she’s just lonely and wants to visit.
I’ll let go of the anger about people who stand in the middle of grocery aisles or doorways to visit. They’re probably so involved in their conversation, they don’t realize where they are.
I’ll let go of my ire about the neighbor’s dog who uses my yard as his latrine. (It’s not the dog’s fault, is it?)
Ahhhh. I like this cutting the cord stuff. I feel lighter already.