Monday, March 23, 2015

Our Place, Our Things

The underpants show up everywhere; the couch, behind the big chair, under the kitchen table. Often, they are left on the bathroom floor, still inside the shorts they have been riding in all day. The dirty socks, are launched off of little boy feet onto the piano keys and the dresser mirror. The t-shirts bunched up in a pile next to, but never inside, the hamper. The interior of the house is a treasure hunt of cast-off clothing.

Pokemon trading cards rest under the bed pillows. Deflated soccer balls litter the yard. Chewed and still spitty dog toys are underfoot, giving a loud squeak when stepped on. Video game controllers hide in the couch cushions. Leaves from outside are tracked in through the front door, the side door, the backdoor.

On the kitchen counter, empty coffee cups ride a wave of last week's homework. A garden rose in a vase drops petals into a breakfast plate. There is a passport, a cycling jersey, a box of pencils, and a favorite wooden letter opener carved in the shape of a seahorse, each must be moved in order to set the table. And the books, the books are all around.

This is our place, where we do all the living.


  1. Ah yes, the Kids are grown-up and gone but the memories linger on. And revisit when the grandkids sweep in.

  2. This is how we live too - except for right now because our house is on the market. Apparently, piles of pajama tops and scatters of Legos don't sell houses.

  3. This is such a lovely portrait, Lisa. It's perfect. I still think about something you wrote a few years ago about all the everyday mess of home being "signs of life." xoxo

  4. How can you paint such a lovely image with clutter?! My soon to be 19-year-old is just home the occasional weekend now and I had to tell him this last time that he needs to mind the wake he leaves behind, Of open doors, lights left on, dollops of peanut butter on the counter. Though I do miss seeing the extra pair of flip flops by the breakfast bar.

  5. I liked the end. It was without judgement, even positive.

  6. Awesome!

    My kids are in their early 20's now and moved away but they do come home occasionally. I just love the messes they make and how the house feels so wonderfully lived in when they are here!