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Let’s Linger

August 25, 2011

     Today I am revisiting one of my favorite themes and blogs.  I hope you enjoy it again.   

  Lingering, what a word.  How many of us linger?  Do Americans know the true meaningof the word linger? 

Linger –  to tarry, to be slow in leaving, to stay in or at a place, remain, wait, abide

     Industrious, multi-taskers, purpose and goal driven, these are the adjectives of America.  We are the land of opportunity, a race of over achievers.

     It’s confession time again.  I have been all of the above.  I was, after all, a collegiate All-American swimmer.  I know how to set goals, devote myself completely to my sport and press to the utter limits of my capabilities.  But I did not know how to linger.

     My “driven” way of life and my over achieving tendencies followed me into motherhood.  In motherhood, I became the queen of busy.  Life was rushed and precious moments of lingering were rare and often almost unnoticed, for my mind was always on fast forward. 

     But finally, I have been enlightened.  The life I was chasing had led me to a place I did not want to be, stressed, disconnected and unhappy. 

     I recently read a few books about France and Italy.  First I want to point out that because of my change in lifestyle, these were the first books I’ve read for pleasure in a very long time.  “A Year in Provence”, “Under the Tuscan Sun” and “My Life in France” by Julia Child.   One of the main things I noticed and loved was how these countries have a culture of lingering.  They know how to rest and they know how to linger, in town plazas and over meals.   According to these books, the Italians, especially, take the time to gather and fellowship on a regular basis.  Their meals are multi course events and they last late into the night.

     I love this.  I have sped through life, missing true fellowship and relaxation.  Well no more.  I am committed to lingering.  I plan on lingering with my family at the dinner table.  I want to know them and enjoy them.  So join me this week.  Linger at a meal with your loved ones.  It will be the tastiest part of the meal.

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