Wednesday, September 20, 2006

So many things

There was once an old sailor my grandfather knew
Who had so many things which he wanted to do
That, whenever he thought it was time to begin,
He couldn't because of the state he was in.

~A. A. Milne

I have all kinds of blog posts I want to write. I have a pile of half-read, fascinating library books and I find more books I want to read every time I open another box. I really want to finish putting things away and get the house decorated for fall (if we can ever get around to getting our fall decorations out of DOB's parents' attic) and ready for company. I have all kinds of new ideas for Cool Things to do with the Ducklings (on top of our mandatory two hours at the park). I have a cold and should probably take a nap.

What I will probably do with the rest of the day is go grocery shopping, cook supper, and do dishes. I will end late at night without having the dishes entirely done. I will neglect something normally essential to do something else I'm just dying to do, but will not get very far on that, either.

Those people who say you have time to do the things that are really important to you? They must not have much imagination.

So he thought of his hut ... and he thought of his boat,
And his hat and his breeks, and his chickens and goat,
And the hooks (for his food) and the spring (for his thirst) ...
But he never could think which he ought to do first.

And so in the end he did nothing at all,
But basked on the shingle wrapped up in a shawl.
And I think it was dreadful the way he behaved -
He did nothing but bask until he was saved!

The rest here.

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

Yes, I can totally identify. Then add that I MUST have a clean, organized workspace to think and create (it rarely, if ever, happens), and you get a lot of half done projects and endless tidbits of cleaning and organization around the activities of home and small children. I gave myself six months to either craft or give it all away because I'm tired of half-finished things sitting all over, but my mom laughed and told me to wait until the kids were a little older to give stuff away...

DH and I have a neverending list of old and new interests, not the least of which is the "encyclopedia" that is the internet. You know, you are looking for something, then OH! follow a link OH! follow another link...etc

Becky said...

"The human mind can conceive in one hour enough work to keep a thousand men busy for a year."

--Washington Augustus Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge

Carrie said...

Well, cheers to the other Not-Entirely-Focused-On-Any-One-Particular-Thing person who is a bit backlogged as well!

At least you've blogged. That's one thing down. =)

Spunky said...

"Those people who say you have time to do the things that are really important to you? They must not have much imagination."

And probably very boring lives! I'm with you on this.