Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sunday Scribblings: Quitting

My first reaction to the prompt, of course, was "I'm no quitter. I never quit anything."

Oh, that's a rich one! Let's see, there's the job I quit two years ago to stay home with the kids. There's the job I quit before I was at The Chronicle because of the bitter fight I got in with one of the owners.

There's the marriage I quit. There's the smoking I quit. There's the calculus class my senior year of high school. There are the countless friendships I've quit as circumstances or distance dictated an end.

I've quit breastfeeding. I've quit changing diapers. Not that far into the future, I'll quit being a mother to a house filled with children. I'll quit having to chauffer kids this way and that way. [And this way and that way. Did you ever see a lassie...Did that tune come into your head? It did mine.]

I've quit caring how people look at me. I've quit reading and seeing movies that are too filled with horror in a world already filled with horror. I've quit reading news stories that reinforce my belief that the world is already filled with horror.

Soon enough, I'll quit this life I have. Believer that I am, I'm planning on having an afterlife of joy. I'm guessing it'll match the joy I experience many days. [But some of the torments of everyday life, I'm hoping I'll quit in the afterlife.]

13 comments:

Lucy said...

haha Good post! You may quit being the mother to the kids IN your house,but We NEVER Quit being a constantly worried, loving (worn OuT) Mother!
:))

gautami tripathy said...

Hey, no one can quit being a mother even in their dotage!


LOL!

ghost of words jumping haphazardly

Devil Mood said...

Fantastic! There's all shapes and sizes of quitting there and you expressed them very well!

Amarettogirl said...

I'm so happy you came to remember all the things you quit - some very worth while like smoking! You made the word quitter sound good! Thanks for stopping by!!!

DJPare said...

Awww...quit it!

Smoking is a good one! Finding a way to quit the diapers when they still need changing - now that would be something...

Tammie Lee said...

There was quite a rhythm going as I read your peace. Fun how you started with "I'm no quitter. I never quit anything". Then listed a pile of quiting.

Marcy said...

From one ex-smoker to another, I think the quitting(s) that you've done are just another way of showing how you've grown during your life. Very nice post, lassie!!

Pam said...

I didn't even want to go there with a list of things I've quit. Whenever I think about it, I hear my mother saying, "never be a quitter". Oh well, I know that I am currently in the process of quitting several things. I chose to address quitting a different way in my poem.

CHEFDRUCK said...

I love the idea of having an afterlife of joy. It's funny how quitting has such negative associations, but yet we need it to grow. Thanks for checking out my post. I love your pigs on your title!

:: Suzanne :: said...

for WW 61. The answers to #2 and #10 are yes.

Redness said...

You no quitter simply a growing, changing, wonderful woman ... loved your post!

shammi said...

Time and circumstances make us quit many things whether we want to or not, dont they? Hopefully the bad things will stay away and the good will return... I really liked your post. :)

murat11 said...

Quit on, Patois, quit on into the night...

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