“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

9.16.2008

Peace, solitude, nakedness, silence

The door to my bathroom.

Peace
Solitude
Nakedness
Silence

If you look really hard, you will see those words barely, barely visible beneath the tossed-off jeans & t-shirts. I stole these words from a novel - one of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series books, but I can't remember which one - and I painted them on the door to my bathroom. No doubt I will get many hits on this post via people googling the word nakedness - some day I may write a post about the odd things people google which bring them to my little place here. "Macho boots", for instance, brought someone all the way from Brazil. "Giggling child picture" brought someone from a school district somewhere in the state of Washington. Oh, and when I was linked from another blog via the word "bra" - oh my goodness! All those gentlemen who popped in for just a second & popped right out. My biggest day ever. :)

Actually, these words have power just on their own, just right there on that door. And not just for me. I once had a plumber who was absolutely thrilled to see the word nakedness written right out loud like that! Oh, he was quite silly! Began to blather to his coworkers about the indignities his wife - what a lucky woman! - would have to put up with if she put such a teasing word on their bathroom door. Embarrassed his compadres greatly, and made me laugh.

For me however, they're just words that mean what they say.

Peace - lights are off, candles are lit.
Solitude - just me, baby.
Nakedness - no clothes allowed in the bath.
Silence - phone is off the hook.

Eyes are closed.
Thoughts are dwindling,
flickering like the candle flame.
Slowing down.
Slowing . . . down.
Slowing . . . . down.

19 comments:

  1. Here I am stuggling with the cleaning/appearence of my home and even your somewhat disheveled laundry matches you blog layout...I think you have it going on more than you know.

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  2. Michelle - you see how that works? If everything kind of matches, even the laundry doesn't look so horrible? :)

    I actually kind of "designed" (for want of a better word) my blog around my house & clothes, which all kind of match. Not a lot of red around my place. I even have a blue Christmas.

    :) Debi

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  3. You know, I kind of want a nice long hot bath now...

    With a glass of wine to hand.

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  4. I am so needing to s l o w down. I am tired enough tonight that I feel asleep while I was reading to my daughter tonight. I just wanted to pop in and say hello before lights out. What a perfect post to find. I'm off now to my own peace, solitude, and silence. Nakedness is optional.

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  5. There is something so very private and sacred about that space. The slowing down. The washing away of the day's stress. A place where your thoughts are all your own.
    And, I couldn't help but notice all the blue in the image! ; )

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  6. Magpie, Relyn & Paula - Last night was definitely a night for a long hot bath. It's been an exhausting few days.

    I did notice, however, how the hum of the little fan in the distance was pretty soothing. I should add that to the list.

    :) Debi

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  7. I love it :)

    I so understand that need for silence.

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  8. Love it! Leave it to you to have something on the bathroom door, you are such an original!!!

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  9. Christy - I assume you mean the words? Not the clothes? :)

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  10. I read these words and instantly feel better. Even your clothes hung up are soothing. Perhaps when I get home...after the train...some peace, some silence.

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  11. Just the whole package honey! You have a way of making wrinkled clothes, rubber boots,chairs, cats, anything you photograph seems to come to life in your lens. I think you are an amazing artist and photographer!

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  12. Christy - I am blushing! But I love it anyway!!! :)

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  13. Tango - "After the train, the silence." THAT sounds like a book.

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  14. I think it is awesome that you put those words right on your door...too many people are afraid to be this creative with their own homes...

    xo

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  15. Celeste - Well, it's only paint. And like a bad haircut, if you hate it, it will grow out!

    :)

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  16. I LOVE this idea...you chose the most perfect words for that space in your house....I get a sense that that room is a safe space...to be with yourself, where you can peel away the outer shell of clothing and be in that comforting candlelit space.
    How wonderful.

    And the google search words...too funny!!!!

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  17. bra...
    underpants....
    kissing....
    women...

    those are my four words. i bet you get an even bigger spike in your visits than you did from just that silly word bra.

    sheesh...plumbers and men. it is hard to imagine how some of them got out of the 6th grade. i swear.

    are those underpants hanging on the door?

    the fan, the hot bath, the silence. warm bed, soft pillow.

    XOXOX

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  18. Robin - I am laughing so hard. No, there are no underpants on the door. GIRL!!! That would make plumbers insane!!!

    :) Debi

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  19. i knew you would ;) and look at little emma there with her hands over her mouth laughing with you!
    XO

    who is your plumber? don't mr. weasly call them pumblers?

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