Generally, I dislike the biannual changing of the clocks. However, this morning, springing forward resulted in all four children in the house sleeping well past 7am. A March miracle which led to a much more peaceful and pleasant morning. Yay for farmers!
There is a German word for (gemütlich) it and an even better Danish word (hygge). I’ve felt it throughout my life though it has no name. Playing cards with my dad, sister and friends in the evening. After a Thanksgiving meal playing charades with my parents, aunts and uncles. In my college suite where we gathered and joked about sex instead of studying. With my 20-something roommates, sitting around the kitchen table, talking and laughing about everything. Vacations in shared cabins with good friends. We need a compound word that means “a warm group of people laughing in the evening.” I wish I spoke or German or Danish. In Chinese you could use the word 熱鬧 (loosely translates to “hot-noisy”), which is how I’ve heard big family meals described.
Things continue to go somewhat wrong in a variety of ways, all of which are basically predictable, and none of which really matter in the long haul. (But, man, some of this stuff gets my goat…)
Rather than to vent, though, I’ll point out that it would take a lot more drama than this to outweigh the enormous benefits of having a full cast of adults (plus a few extras) riding herd over the Agents Of Chaos who would otherwise utterly destroy my mostly-comfortable and somewhat orderly life.
Plus, my housemates are certifiably cool in a variety of ways that matter to me.
Also, Mina seems to be genuinely enjoying many of the aspects of living with other people of approximately her height (and intellectual acumen, and volume level, and with her bizarre toddler-y interests).
So: if I have been grumpy at you lately for something you know isn’t a big deal: I concede that you are right.
(Nonetheless, I will be terribly grateful if you would please quit doing that.)
(Also, whatever I have been doing that annoys you: by all means share, but just one at a time, if you please.)