Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Lost Art of Lingering

by Deb Baker/Hannah Reed


When I was a kid, adults never used that word.

Instead they said,

"Quit dillydallying."
"Are you lollygagging again?"
"Stop dawdling and get to work."

We also had signs in case we forgot and stopped moving.

"No Loitering!"

And my favorite:

"Idle hands are the Devil's tools."

Eventually I grew up. Now I can linger as long as I want and no one is going to tell me to quit loafing. But I don't.

As I look at middle age in the rear view mirror, I worry that I've forgotten how to stop and smell the roses?


I love that word. 

Today I'm going to do a little of it.

Linger in bed or linger over coffee, or dab on a little perfume and let the smell linger around my desk.

Because I don't want my only lingering to be on my death bed.
I want to experience it right now.


Aurian said...

Have fun lingering today Deb. I sit in my office and take a few minutes now and then to just look at the trees that are so fast getting green now. Finally spring is here, and I am determined to enjoy the look of it. So, lingering a little while I should be working.

Deb said...

Good for you!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to linger around the kitchen today and bake some banana bread. I don't do enough "fun" things. I've got work to do this afternoon, but this morning is for me.

Sue said...

I try to "linger" in the mornings before I get the girls up. It's MY time and by golly nobody better mess with it. In my lingering time, I have my coffee and read. Then once the girls are up and getting ready for school all dillydalling stops and it's time to get down to the business of being the grumpy ole mom who yells at them to get up and get ready for school before they are late. But my lollygagging time is my favorite time. Now that said, I need to stop dawdling and get some laundry done. Have a supper day Deb/Hannah <3

Deb said...

Thanks Sue and long live lingering!

Deb said...

Go, Lorraine! The smell of baking bread. Nothing compares!

auntie-c said...

Oh, amen and amen. So looking forward to my weekend where nothing but lingering is planned. Hope you enjoyed.