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Friday, April 24, 2009

Knowing

My muse must be on holiday, for I am uninspired.  Bemoaning this fact to #2, she procured a dictionary from the library, opened up to a random page and asked me for a number from 1 to 20.  The 18th word on her selected page was "knowing."  That is my writing assignment.


No redos.

KNOWING is a good word.  I like to know.  In fact I hate NOT knowing.  That's the worst part about childbirth.  When is that baby going to come?  Well, here is your due date, and a 4 week period surrounding that date will be considered "full-term."  We won't let you go much later, and we'll try to keep you from going earlier, but really, we're not sure.  Somebody please shoot me now.

So what do I know?  Less than my 7 year old.  At least, that's his perspective.  He knows much.  He knows all sorts of facts.  Some of those facts can be verified in reference books.  Others are of a more, er, obscure origin.  He knows how to light a fire.  He knows what a pterodactyl sounded like.  He knows how to talk to animals.  But not sheep.  He can't talk to sheep.  He can also see in the dark with his one owl eye, but I suppose that's really more of a super-power than knowledge.  

My 14 year old knows that I am a mean, nasty mother who never lets her sleep in and expects her to do preposterous things like bathe.  She also already knows whatever it is that I am about to tell her.  I'm useless.  I know.

#3 knows how to play the guitar.  She knows how to sing very loudly in the shower or in her bedroom.  She does not know how to sing loudly when she's performing with her guitar.  Thankfully, at our house we know how to plug a mic into a guitar amp.

#2.  Where to begin?  Well, #2 knows how to be funny.  Larry and I are pretty proud of that fact.  She now knows how to sew an Easter dress.  She knows how to spell a lot of words that I cannot.   She knows how to be an incredible friend and support to her disabled sister.

I know that I am ready for sustained warm weather.  I know school will be out before I know it.  I know that I am putting off my brain surgery indefinitely.  I know that coming to Idaho was a good move.  I know that I spend too much time on-line.  I know that my husband adores me.  (I adore him, too.)  I know that the folks in D.C. are ridiculously out of touch.  I know that if I track what I eat I will lose weight.  Knowing how to motivate myself to follow that course seems to be the problem.  I know that I'm currently crushing on a 27 year old Idol contestant with a phenomenally sexy voice who may or may not be homosexual.  Don't worry--Larry knows it's someone's voice that gets me every time.

I don't know exactly how things will work out for us with our business and personal finances, which frustrates me.  Knowing that I have no control over any of that frustrates me as well.  But I also know that no matter what, the most important things will remain intact: my husband, my kids, and the Gospel.  What else, really, is there to know?

17 fishy comments:

Lara said...

For not having a muse available, this is a great post. And what a cool idea your #2 had! I will have to put that on the list for when my muse leaves me.

I agree whole-heartedly with your last sentiment. There really isn't anything else to know.

clan of the cave hair said...

Very nice, perhaps your muse is back.

Becky said...

Very well done! I agree with the pregnancy part. When I was four days overdue with my son I about had a nervous breakdown. "He's never coming out!"

CaJoh said...

Very well put. It reminds me of my post about thinking knowing and believing:
http://cajoh.blogspot.com/2008/11/from-mind-heart-and-soul.htmlI probably should re-post it sometime and take each separately like you did for knowing.

Well done!

Erin said...

This was a great idea. And I liked hearing you talk about knowing. Even though I couldn't hear you. Oh brother, maybe my muse left me.

My word ver is "rewomb." Fitting, since you talked about birth and all.

Kristina P. said...

Great post! I also hate not knowing. I wouldn't call myself a control freak, but I don't love risk and surprises.

2busy said...

Loved the post, for being uninspired, you did a great job! Maybe you could have done a movie review of the movie....you guessed it KNOWING. I totally enjoy reading your posts.

Melissa said...

Love the post! Might have to give a random word post a try!
And for being uninspired, it rocked!

susette said...

I know that I love the actor Nicholas Cage and couldn't wait to see the movie "Knowing".

Great post!

Wendyburd1 said...

You have some amazing kids. That #2 has good ideas!

Kim said...

That is the hard part (not knowing), isn't it? Sometimes we feel like we're walking around with a blindfold on and really, really want to take just a peek to see what lies ahead. Sounds like you know PLENTY of things, and you certainly know about all of the things that really matter. You always have great perspective. Hang in there.

ramsam said...

Great things to know!!!!

And I have downloaded every song by a certain hot who-knows-what-he-is Idol contestant. We listen all day. Yummy.

Melanie J said...

I love this.

And btw, my nine year old knows what a pteradactyl sounds like, too. How weird is that?

Heatherlyn said...

You have a gift with writing Mina. I always love your posts. I think I'd like to have Jackson's knowledge the most. I'd love to know what dinosaurs sound like!

Summer will be so nice. I know that too!

SO said...

Wait. You need brain surgery? For reals?

I don't really like not knowing either. That last thing really is good to know. And the most important.

#1 said...

Hey mom you rock!

Tink said...

I laughed about your description of your 14-year-old! Is that not true or what? And it continues to be true for my almost 19 year old :)