Wednesday, January 6, 2016

No more Uncle Billy moments

I guess this is the time of year I'm supposed to write a post about what I've resolved to do.  It's always about weight loss and how this will be the year I will have a complete body transformation and finally win $10,000 from AwesomeBody.com and humbly accept my award.  Also, my spiritual life will grow by leaps and bounds to the point of levitating on the daily.  In that order, of course.

Not this year.  I have two resolves this year.

First:  No more Uncle Billy moments

Let me set the scene: In Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, Uncle Billy is most famously known for absentmindedly misplacing the money that was to be deposited in the bank.  Although throughout the entire movie, he is best known for his fumbles, so much so that he must tie string on his fingers to remind himself of various tasks.  He is always rummaging around the Building and Loan, sloppily dressed with hair awry.  Always fumbling.

No More Uncle Billy moments.

So, this came about as I was spending time with my mother in the hospital.  As I was preparing to leave one evening and fumbling through my purse, half panic-stricken that THIS MUST indeed be the time I've lost my keys forever and will never be able to return home to my family, my mother says to me, "Hey, Uncle Billy, where are your keys this time?" 

I know it was a small detail, but it had mountainous meaning for me.  I was fumbling through my purse, a lot like I fumble through making dinner, a lot like I fumble through cleaning, a lot like I fumble through grocery shopping, and a lot like I do many things.

Honestly, since that day I've purposely said to myself, "Slow down, Uncle Billy.  Why are you in a hurry?  Why are you hurrying right now?  Slow down and look around.  Look at people in the face.  Look at the faces of your precious children.  Look at the apples you are picking out to feed those precious children.  Examen those oranges with pleasure in God's great creation.  Look at them.  Carefully cut that kale salad up for those little mouths to eat."

Hey, Uncle Billy, look at the bottom of your precious baby's feet.  They really are unreal, all those lines unique only to her.  Hey, Uncle Billy, Have you ever turned around in the car wash to watch their faces watch the automatic machine?  It is wonderful especially when in squirts the Tri-colored foam.  Who needs Disney when your car wash squirts Tri-color foam?  Hey Uncle Billy, have you noticed how darling two-year-old hands are?  Look at them.  Look at the dirt under his fingernails.   Stop fumbling around.  Hey Uncle Billy, slow down.  Your children and their simple ways are enough entertainment for a lifetime.  Stop fumbling around.

So, I resolved to not fumble.  Just today, in fact, I was striding into Hy-Vee and felt Uncle Billy coming on.  I purposely stopped, realized the mission at hand, and slowed down.  I was on my way to buy food for our Epiphany Party.  They were so excited back home.  What a pleasure I had to be buying food for our Epiphany Party.  This one action triggered a series of following actions.  Because I slowed down, I got out our fine china and gold chargers.  I got out our stem wear and let the kids have grape bubbly in the tall stems.  They loved it.

Hey Uncle Billy, Did you know Kapaun watches you make dinner every night?  Did you know that he stands on that chair watching you no matter how long it takes you?  One hour.  No problem.  He stands there watching.  Look at him.   Look up and no more fumbling.

Secondly, I am attempting to make a holy hour everyday or at least spend some time alone with HIM in the chapel each day.  I look forward to our date everyday although it takes a considerable amount of minutes to calm my inner Uncle Billy and focus on Our Lord.

Those are my resolves.  Here's hoping to 2016 being fruitful in this endeavor. 


16 comments :

  1. This too is my resolution, to live more purposely and more thankfully. But I love the way you worded it, I can completely relate.

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  2. Dear Uncle Billy.... And Yes, uncle Billy is one of the most LOVABLE characters in the movie. It's not all bad to be lovable. You do a great job, my Linny. Your children will remember your love and laughter, not your organizational skills. They are fortunate to have you as their Ma.
    Love, your biggest fan😀

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  3. Oh.... A word of caution!! If you spend daily time before Jesus , you will notice a change in your appearance! You will become what you gaze upon

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  4. I love this! Uncle Billy always cracks me up. You know that scene where he can't find his hat (which is on his head) as he is leaving the house after the party? He walks off the scene, and then there is this tremendous crash. He yells, "I'm all right!" and Jimmy Stewart just smiles. That wasn't in the script! It just happened that someone off set knocked over some cans at that moment, and Uncle Billy rolled with it and turned it into a great moment. So yes, cheers to less frantic moments and more of rolling with the situation and bringing joy to others.

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  6. Lindsay, my name is Kari Fortner. I'm that weirdo that saw you at St. Leo's and said "I read your blog!!" Love seeing you there by the way. Anyways, I am a crossfitter, and I watch their videos on occasion. This morning I was notified of a new video, and whom did it star, your mother!! I wouldn't have known if it hadn't shown a picture of her with you girls. I was amazed at how small the world is, but even more amazed at your mom's strength and determination! As cliche as it is, when they showed her doing squats, all I thought was, "you go girl!"

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  7. I love your blog even though I am now 62 years old and my 5 kids are all out of the house!!!! I too learned to slow down and enjoy each moment especially with my last 2 who were born as they say to an older mother!!!!! I remember reading just enjoy brushing their hair as this too will end someday!!!! You are on the right track keep up the good work!!!!

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  8. My "best" differs, depending on how pregnancy is going. Normal Amy has it together even on a bad day. This pregnancy has been very difficult, and my mental accuoty has suffered! I mixed up the day for the neighborhood Halloween celebration- I know for a fact my kids will NEVER let me live that down! Grocery lists, homeschool work, people's birthdays...I hope that people who know me well will remember me for the love I carry every day, and not my ability to stay on track! In this, I have failed lately:)

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  9. My "best" differs, depending on how pregnancy is going. Normal Amy has it together even on a bad day. This pregnancy has been very difficult, and my mental accuoty has suffered! I mixed up the day for the neighborhood Halloween celebration- I know for a fact my kids will NEVER let me live that down! Grocery lists, homeschool work, people's birthdays...I hope that people who know me well will remember me for the love I carry every day, and not my ability to stay on track! In this, I have failed lately:)

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  10. Your writings so often bring tears to my eyes. Love this! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. This is such a raw and inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  12. I laughed so hard when I read this post because I can truly relate. Sometimes, when I neglect my daily duties (like washing dishes) and realize they are not going to do themselves, I say, "What is this, Uncle Billy, a holiday?" Your words are so beautiful. You're posts are always very enjoyable to read and I always come away resolved to be more like "My Child I Love You Mom" :)

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