"Sometimes the other kids are like: Just JOKING. When their talking and trying to be funny," Jane says. She screws up her face, one shoulder drawn in a shrug. Our morning run done, once again, we lull in conversation, coast like marbles, our legs effortless glides, residual momentum ebbing as we near our driveway.
"Yeah," I say, our strides slowing in tandem as we pass the behemoth silver-gray pine holding down our yard.
"And I'm like: GUYS, if it were a JOKE, you wouldn't have to say JUST JOKING."
"So TRUE," I say, the corner of my mouth curled to match her shurg.
"In Proverbs it says if you have to say JUST JOKING," she continues, "You're a LIAR, worse than a FOOL." She arches her eyebrows, just barely shakes her head. "A liar."
"Huh," I say and suddenly there before my eyes, all those sophomoric attempts at humor, the embarrassing and horrifying attempts at town jester, the budding gyrations of each child trying to BE funny. "So true, Jane." All that grasping punctured with a proverb.
Just be. And there we are, the two of us, just being together. A bond stronger than humor encircles us.
Later, as I page through my day a quote from CS Lewis comes to mind:
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.”And so the day carries on in merriment.
6275. A friend brings us a basket of organic apples, watermelon, and chocolate. It's dew from heaven and we enjoy every drop.
6276. A new scarf. Blue, all the azure, cornflower, and cerulean you can weave into a scarf, white accents, perfectly soft.
6277. Swimwear. The kids match the lovely weather with swimsuits and sprinklers.
6278. Craig's Grammie turns 102.
6279. Time in the yard with friends. Swings, chickens, garden plants make all the props you would ever need. "Now let's talk about Jesus," one of them says as the adults visit half listening to childish play.
6280. We set up yard games and spend the weekend just being with the kids, let the weekend unroll as if we were really spending every moment.
6281. Jack and Jane make lemon bars from scratch, even squeeze their own lemons.
6282. I teach Lucy how to brush her hair out all silky smooth.
6283. I get the chance to pray with a couple of different people, the world paused, we bow our wills to Jesus. It's like stilling a storm.
6284. I let loose of some things I need to sell. Freedom ensues.
6285. Craig clears and plants 100 square feet full of potatoes.
6286. Mostly, the days unfold full of flaws and missteps, but the music just keeps on. The tempo pulses on as if it could carry the whole song, as if just playing the next note were enough.