The question was asked (by Annie at writers and witches, and words...oh my! who asks the best questions) what six words would you like to have describe your house. I have been thinking about this and asking my children and husband what they think.
Since they are men, they have trouble with the exercise. I say, if the house were the way you want it to be, what words would describe it?
They say, clean, which is cool. I say, let's go beyond that. Let's accept clean (first word: "Clean"), then talk about what other words would describe it.
They look at me, puzzle their faces, think hard and say, "If we all pitch in, we can keep it clean."
I say, I know. Clean. I have clean. Now close your eyes... no, don't roll them, close them. OK, keep your eyes open. The house is clean...
I know it isn't. We're working on that. Now move beyond clean...
"It doesn't have to be beyond clean," they say. "Not like we're going to eat off the floor."
My turn to roll my eyes. Close my eyes. Sigh.
OK, so some houses are formal.
"I don't think you can have a formal house. Not with Gabe and the baby to be named later."
I know, I'm just trying to make a point.
"Me too. If it's formal, the babies will tear it up."
I rub my head.
What about color? If you could paint your room any color you want, (but you can't paint it black), what would it be?
"I can paint it black," says Joseph.
You MAY NOT paint it black. (Pause while they sing "Paint it Black")
Bob adds: "Don't paint it any weird colors." Since I'm not ready to talk color, really, I let it pass.
OK, so what do you want?
"Clean and not formal."
"You can't have formal with kids."
How about if I have a house without kids? Or husbands? Or grown children?
"That wouldn't be any fun, would it?"
So, bottom line: we're working on it. Clean, informal. And don't even consider quiet.