"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sacrificial Carrot

After tossing and turning, I finally got up this morning around 3am.

Standing in the dark, I offer the dogs their "snackie" and put them out to do their business. 

SM wanders out.

Surprised I ask, "Can't sleep?"

"No.  You?"  SM asks and turns the kitchen light on.

"Flashes and chills."  I reply, shrugging. 

SM looks at the kitchen counter with a frown on his face. 

"What's that?"  His finger wands over and pokes at the object in question.

"That's a sacrificial carrot." 

SM looks at me.

(On the counter I've placed my purse and car keys.  I don't normally leave them there.  I put them there if I need to remind myself to take something with me when I leave.  Yesterday, I ran out of carrots at work for me to snack on.)

"I put that little nub there to remind me to grab the bag of carrots out of the fridge and take them with me to work tomorrow."

SM picks up the tiny nub.

Looks at it. 

Lays it back down.

He turns to me then, wraps his arms around me and lays his head on my shoulder as silent, vibrating laughter shakes his whole body.

After a moment he's laughing so hard he's crying.

Such is life in the wee hours of the morning around here....


  1. LOL I do the same - leave physical reminders of what I need to remember. Men - they obviously can rely on their grey matter, and don't need visual prompts :)

  2. I'd call that little scene in the middle of the night a sweet moment of marital bliss. :o}

  3. Great idea! Wish I could us it though; the cats would have any "reminder" shoved onto the floor & flung underneath the fridge in ten seconds after I turned my back.

  4. That's a riot! Isn't is wonderful the quiet little things that go on in a household. Hope you enjoyed your munchies.

  5. Dan and I have a joke, because on the rare occasions we've stayed up almost all night, things get really goofy and silly around 4 am. Now, if things start get that way we say, it must be 4 am. And see, you just proved this to be true. :)

  6. I think it's the small, odd and touchingly curious things shared that make any relationship (particularly marriage) special. Feeling safe enough, trusting enough to 'be yourself' around another ~ and then having that trust rewarded by a hug, a smile, a bit of laughter that says "I love who YOU ARE"....

    So glad you shared this :-)