The weather this winter is not bad. The sun’s been strong and pushing to give us something in the 50’s nearly everyday. This makes me feel a little less guilty about sharing pictures from our Mexican honeymoon. And while I miss the hot sun, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and the private beach, what I really miss is being present. 

I had one thing to do in Mexico. Be. Be with him. Whether we were talking, watching movies, or playing cards on the patio, I was there. 

So now, back in the crisp winter and the hum-drum-hum, I wonder how I can practice the presence I had in Mexico. Even among the stacks of mail, dirty dishes, to-do lists, and articles to write, I owe my husband my presence, and I owe it to myself to live life, to actually experience it rather than just get through it. So I know, I must:

1. Listen. We deprive ourselves and others when we do not give them our full attention. Sometimes, I’ll even tell Stan, “Wait, can you tell me in like 5 mins when I finish this article?” Perhaps that’s kind of ridic. But it helps me to stay focused, or else I try to multitask with my thoughts and eventually derail. 

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2. Pencil it in. Not literally, but mentally. Stan is really good about saying, “I’m done with work. Can we just hang out now?” I love this, because it gives me freedom to finish whatever I’m doing, then devote time to him. Every time we do this,  it’s seriously like a mini-honeymoon-moment, where I have one job: to be with the person I love.