Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ponderings

i love the way distressed hardwood floors look, as if they tell a story of a hundred feet in every sinuous grain. in my mind, they are footie-pajama'd children squealing with glee on christmas morning and sliding, back when there was veneer and shine. or, perhaps the swishing of granny slippers and house robe pulled too tight, the wood peeking from beneath the rugs to help keep her warm. yes, weathered wood that has taken a beating, and finally no more splinters to spill.

i sip on coffee hot and au lait colored, and muse over floors. i think i swept our living room three times yesterday. the hardwoods collect dust like i collect memories, and my own children run and leap and slip-slide on these worn wooden planks. one likes to throw especially loud tantrums, arms all flailing til my heart wants to join in, and one is monkey-boy, all blue eyed rambunctiousness, and one is bossy and demanding the others follow the leader. no splinters have wounded their country boy bare feet (bear feet; they all have large feet, like their daddy.)

coffee cools. the cup says, "Her children arise and call her blessed." i wonder if my boys will weather gently like old wood, if they will emerge all grace-worn edges and battered varnish, but smooth as an old proverb.

5 comments:

Jodi said...

Stunning! I love old wood floors and childrens' bare feet. All of it, Misty. I hope you print this out and keep it for your children so it will never be lost.

Wandering On Purpose said...

Everything about this post is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I find myself imagining the scenes you created/described.

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

Beautiful, Misty! My hardwood floors are a little on the "rugged" side, but I still love their character, flaws and all.

Leslie said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. one of your best.

David N. said...

I love those floors too. Our house is 160 years old, and the floors are original. I love thinking about how many families have walked on them, how many couples have danced and how many children have played on them.