Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday Me

I don't have to be me 'til Monday.

~ From Steve Azar's song by
the same name

I'm the country fan in the
family who likes this song, 
  but my husband had never  
heard it before last Saturday.

It made him smile.

With a grueling travel schedule
of late and some stressful projects
at work, his weekends are more
precious than ever.

For those of us who work  from
home, weekends have a different
 rhythm and mood than the rest 
of the week, too.

Even if your children aren't
old enough to be in school yet,
or if you are retired, those two
days off are still unique compared
to the five that precede them.

More people in the park,
at the mall and in the grocery.
Different anchors on the news
and weekend hosts on the radio.
New movies out at the theatre.
More children....everywhere.
Attending church on Sunday.

Can you feel it?

To me, Mondays have their
own quality.

Wistful for what has been.
Promising for what lies ahead.

There is an idiom in America
 called the water cooler effect.

According to Wikipedia,
this phenomenon occurs when
employees at a workplace
gather around the office water
cooler and chat.   It is a 
synonym for gathering and
connecting people in a certain

When something exciting has
happened on TV or in the news,
it is said to have a water cooler
effect, meaning that it's what people
will be buzzing about the next day.

Mondays are big water cooler
days, as people reconnect and
talk about the highlights of 
their weekend.

I reviewed my own weekend 
highlights, sans water cooler, as I 
carried out Monday's tasks, though 
none of them had anything to do 
with TV or the news.

Mine were about moments.

Finding a lone Stella D'oro
lily blooming even though
the plant had been cut nearly to
 the ground several weeks ago.

Hearing the laughter of my
son and his friends floating up
from the basement where they
were celebrating his birthday
with a Friday night sleep over.

Watching our dog, Gracie, as she 
rolled on her back on the carpet.  My
husband and I call that particular
antic her it's great to be alive! move.

Sensing my daughter's excitement
as she got ready for a Halloween
party on Saturday night; loved
that she went as a secret agent!

Laughing with my hubby in
the grocery store.  I can't even
remember what was funny, only
that I told him how much better
it was doing the marketing with
him along!

Oohing and awwing over
each pumpkin carved in our
kitchen and then test-lighted
in our powder room, lights off 
and shades drawn.

After I savored each of these
moments on my wistful-hopeful
Monday, I realized that these
are the memories we stitch
together over time to become the
crazy-quilt thing that is our life.

And it occurred to me that it
would be wonderful to hear 
your moments each week.

Like a virtual water cooler.

So starting November 7th, I'd love
it if you'd stop by and share your
Monday moments via a comment
or by linking up a post.

You can share any sort of moment
that you like, such as a

teaching moment
peaceful moment,
crafting moment
cooking moment
funny moment
junking moment
day in the life moment
proud moment
travel moment
cozy moment

or whatever other type of 
that is meaningful to you.

I for one, can't wait to hear
what moments you have
added to your own

Will you join me?



Jemsmom said...

Love this!!! We attended a wedding on Saturday where I was reminded of how lucky I am to be married to my husband. It has been 17 years ups and downs but I wouldn't trade them for anything. I watched the father and bride danced and started to cry because I could just see Tom and Jemma there one day. Oh my! Monday was special because Tom took the whole day of to be with us before he left for a two week trip to Germany. We went to the mall and just walked around. We did the photo booth and the wind tunnel. Jemma rode a merry go round. I said that just doing those silly things was the best $6 we had spent in a long time! Just being together is what it is all about!

Blondie's Journal said...

I think you have a great idea here...On Mondays I could use a few friends around the water cooler to chat with! Great post...love seeing pictures of your family!


Stitchfork said...

Brilliant idea Suzanne! I had lots of memorable moments visiting one of the guys in college this past weekend!
xo Cathy

pollydove said...

This was a great post ... as always! I loved hearing about your weekend, seeing that fabulous cake, getting to see your secret agent and her happy smile as she was carving her pumpkin. (Sadly, we didn't have time to get ours carved and about 7 of them were taken from my porch this morning - BOO!!! I like hanging on to them until Thanksgiving.)

Teacup Moments said...

Suzanne, how wonderfully clever is this? I shall come to share my teacup moments every monday. Heck, I think I shall time my regular posts for Monday especially for this brilliant idea of yours!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Fun idea! My weekend was full of connecting, frustration, patience and accomplishment - all thanks to helping my guy assemble IKEA office furniture :)

Linda said...

I love this post, Suzanne, and your inspired idea! Reading your posts always touches me in some way! I'm looking forward to hanging out around the water cooler with you! XO

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Fun, Suzanne! This is the kind of thing I miss about working in an office environment. Not so much the commute and the stress but the 5 minute chit chatting while getting coffee! Looking forward to Mondays here! {And it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Love the visual of you and your hubby cracking up in the grocery store :)}

Olive Cooper said...

Joe and I are having a funny, funny moment right now. Splendid idea lovey.

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

What a good idea, Suzanne. Your daughter's secret agent costume was a great idea. We had a fun and memorable Halloween too. Looking forward to sharing more moments with you :)

Sylvia said...

I love love your soul , your words , your photos , your inspiring idea of SHARING our moments...
Meet me at the water cooler on Monday :)

traci said...

what a wonderful idea suzanne. a wonderful way to connect. i can't wait to join in!!!

Biz said...

Ooooh, I've just grown very excited for Mondays :)

Bring Pretty Back said...

What a GREAT idea!
Love your entire post! We are really blessed aren't we...
Have a pretty day!

Jane said...

A glorious idea, my friend. Hmm, whilst we had the Halloween shenanigans, my highlight was attending a book launch of one of my favourite authors, sitting a metre away from her, asking some questions she was impressed with, getting her to sign my book and then having a chat with her. Bliss! J x

Marie said...

Another beautiful post Suzanne! Would love to join you on MOnday Moments. How special! xxoo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My darling friend,

THIS IS A SUPERB IDEA....but I wish I had A MOMENT to share my special moments, but I can barely get around my beloved BLOGLAND on a daily basis....I have to get up at 3:30am daily just to come to visit my dear friends, who I LOVE DEARLY for all the creativity and joy that is shared....school is ALL-CONSUMING and keeping me busy, leaving me with moments of stress....I long for a moment of silence!!!!

I WILL BE BY HOWEVER, though I can't participate. I love to hear about YOUR MOMENTS for they are always full of wisdom...Anita

"Create Beauty" said...

Lovely idea!

We had a totally different weekend than normal, a whirl of activity with our 2 young grandkids here for 3 days and nights. If only their energy was catching! The refrigerator was completely covered with pumpkin art.

More Laughter,
The Smell of Crayons,
Paper Scissors Glue,
Collecting Leaves,
Looking for Bugs,
Kissing Owies,
Did I mention Laughter?

: )

~ Violet

Lili said...

Suzanne that's a fabulous idea! I love how you always savor your everyday moments and I so enjoyed seeing all of your images along with them. And for the other ones you didn't include, I could totally picture the move that your little Gracie makes and in my mind could see you and your husband sharing a laugh at the grocery store. You and your daughter look so much alike, was the one carving the pumpkin you or her? I really couldn't tell. xo ~Lili

patty said...

fabulous!! i will be here! :)
i like to tell my husband, it's what makes the fabric of life rich- those moments, that time spent well, investing in relationships...
ps: your daughter is quite beautiful and
pps: belated happy bday to your son

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Suzanne dear,

This is like a lovely life quilt.

Did you receive your book The Literary Ladies Guide to Writing??? The publisher was to send it to you.

I think the music you have on is my friend...is it Jude Johnston??



Julie said...

I LOVE IT!!! can't list them all but I am right there with you...nodding YES! Had a moment with Kurt where he was mimicing Eve in the garden calling in a nagging voice for Adam and laughed so hard I almost spewed out my drink in my mouth (*bad timing,babe)..seeing Woobie and Kobe tearing around the back yard in delirous bliss for the 74 degree here in Iowa yesterday (wow) while Gideon just watched with his barking cacopheny .. seeing and feeling Kameron's oh-so-obvious glee over getting an A+ on his last Algebra test waving the paper in my face and practically dancing around the kitchen. (brought his average up for the end of term)...getting a Hi - I love you and miss you email from my sis in NC...sigh....too many to keep going but I know exactly what you meant. Hugs to you dear Suzanne! thank you for your heart moving posts. xoxo *we don't remember days...we remember moments...

michele said...



Deborah said...

What a wonderful idea!
Id love to come y and listen and chat by the water cooler :)

Deborah xoxo

Lulu and Co. said...

That is such a wonderful idea! I can't wait to participate!

June said...

This post was a delight to read Suzanne. You make me wish all my children were still home so I could have all those moments back that I enjoyed with them this time of year. Carving and lighting our pumpkins were always the best times, and then waiting to see what the teenagers would come up with for a costume (they no longer needed mom to sew up something) they would wear to their parties.
Your quilt is going to be a gorgeous one when you get to the end of your life because of your amazing outlook on everything.
Your water cooler idea is a great one Suzanne!!!
hugs from here...

Beth said...

Great idea. My moment of the weekend was on Sunday watching my girl roller skating. She was so tentative at first holding onto the side bar and then slowly gained in confidence until she could just about get all around the skating rink - that resilience was a lovely thing to watch.

Anonymous said...

Suzanne, this is such a great idea. We loved hearing all your moments of the weekend. Can't wait to start reading more Monday moments from others!
An inspiring post as always!
xo E + J

Lisa said...

Good things come to those who wait. I waited till Wednesday morning to turn on the water and boy did it flow. Sometimes it just feels so great to say what you feel instead of what you think others want to hear.
A comment by Becky at Farmgirl Paints brought me here to your peaceful Privet!
Thank you both for writing such inspiring blogs.
Love your idea too!
xo Lisa

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

What a beautiful posting... loved the glimpses of joy and beauty of your day and life. Moments we miss if we hurry or don't pay attention.

It seems you've caught the rhythm perfectly.

Loved the comment about Gracie... yes... doggies have the gift for reveling (or rolling) in the joy of the moment.

I've been looking for some new patterns/structure for my blog... your lovely idea for Mondays might just be the ticket I'm looking for.

Wishing you glimpses... even more than ever... of heaven on earth in unexpected places!

ingrid said...

Love the idea!!
Yes we have a beautiful fall here in the netherlands.We reach\the 19degrees today and with a little sunshine!
Love and thanks for mailing me!

Low Tide High Style said...

What a wonderful post and a great idea for a link party! It is so very true that those are the memories you will cherish forever! I love that your daughter went as a secret agent, and I hope your son had an amazing birthday!

Kat :)

P.S. my email has decided to take a vacation...ugh! Sorry if I've missed anything you've sent or vice versa!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

I'd love to. Will you be accepting crazy mommy moments, too? lol


Tiffini Kilgore said...

well..I would be honored to join all of these lovely ladies around "the water cooloer"
Especially since I 'work' from home and do not get to do that..
what a sweet idea! I look forward to it..
oh, happy Friday;) anticipating the uniqueness of a weekend.