It was going to be a busy day. Mrs. Green had already gone to the grocery, cleaned the breakfast dishes and planned out the rest of her week. There was something in the air that morning. Mrs. Green kept going to the window and looking out. It was cold but the day was warming up. A cardinal flew up to the window and was shocked to see Mrs. Green standing there and flew away. It was then Mrs. Green decided it was time to stop and look around.
She walked into the kitchen and made two cups of very chocolate hot chocolate. She pulled out her two favorite glass mugs, poured the hot chocolate in the mugs and went to find Mr. Green.
She found Mr. Green in the basement organizing some tools. Mrs. Green handed him the mug and said,
“The Game is called, Look Around. These are the rules of the game.”
Mr. Green was used to this kind of statement from Mrs. Green. It meant she had an idea up her sleeve and he should stop what he was doing and go along for the ride.
Mrs. Green continued,
“We will not spend any money. We will take twenty minutes. We can change anything we want to, inside and out.
Mr. Green nodded his head, sipped the hot chocolate and took his wife’s arm. Mrs. Green led Mr. Green through the basement, out and over the yard, and in every room of the little Cape Cod. They looked in every corner inside and out, and made decisions about what furniture to move, what should be displayed on the refrigerator, what plants to divide in the spring, what books they wanted to read together, what friends they hoped to have over, what music they wanted to listen to, and even what qualities they hoped to develop in themselves.
By the time they got back to the basement the hot chocolate was gone and the Green’s resumed their daily tasks. Something was different though. Sometimes in the middle of the week you have to stop and look around. It shouldn’t cost and money or take more than twenty minutes, yet it changes your entire perspective.
Copyright Terri Neagle Donaldson 2015
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