Mist hangs low and slowly swirls through our mountain valley. Here and there, I’m able to catch glimpses of the snow-laden trees that cover the mountain just west of our home. We had precipitation again last night in the form of fluffy, white snowflakes! It’s damp and chilly outside, but in the power shed, things are snug and cozy, with the electric heater going full board!
Here I sit, surrounded by the majestic mountains of southern BC, preparing to make an important announcement. I want you to listen real hard!
People, I’m getting tired of leading a life that revolves around me and my wants! In fact, I sometimes think I’ve become quite ingrown! I cope as best I can, but what does a girl do when there isn’t a vehicle available and her home is too small to have anyone over for a visit?
I don’t know if it’s a good solution or not, but I’ve started talking to myself, pretending like there’s another one of me.
“Good morning self! What do you want for breakfast today? An omelet? Buckwheat porridge? Toast? How ’bout leftovers?”
Autumn sits down and serves both her real self and her imaginary self.
“Goodness me, self! You shouldn’t shovel your food in that way! What would your mother say? And you should really do last night’s dishes. What’s that? You really don’t feel like doing them either? How ’bout you and me go for a walk instead, enjoy all this fresh snow and see how many things we can hit with snowballs?
Autumn bundles up and walks arm in arm with self up the driveway. Soon, snowballs fill the air. Suddenly, self turns mischievous.
“No self, you can’t throw snowballs at that car…OR the neighbor’s dogs…OR the neighbor’s wife. I said NO!” Autumn starts dragging her kicking, fighting, imaginary self away from temptation.
“Self, you really shouldn’t act up like this. Neighbors already think I’m crazy. If I have to fight you all the way down the road, it won’t improve the impression they’re forming of me!
Do you see what I mean? There’s just too much of self in my life! So today, I’m asking if you’d give me a break from good old self?
Yes? You would be willing? Good! Here’s how you can help!
I would like to learn something about you. Anything will suffice! After hanging out with self all the time, nothing’s boring!
There’s a commenting section down below. I’m begging you to pop down and send a quick “hello” my way!
It could be something like this: “Hey Autumn! I’m ____________ and I like popcorn, hula-hooping and coffee shops. That’s where I read your blog. Strange as you are, I enjoy the new series about your journey to the farm. I hope this comment gives you a break from self. And some day, I’d love to hear more about _____________ side of your life. Have a great day!”
Love Penelope…or Harry…or Gertrude…or Mother… whatever name you want to give yourself!
And this isn’t just for folks who don’t know me! I’d love to hear from you even if we are well acquainted!
I’m begging you to take a few moments and leave me a comment of some sort. Help me escape from self for a few minutes.