A small thing like this is a magnifying glass of accomplishment for this old gal. In the years of our flight from this or that, I have been too weak or debilitated in some way, to do such small and comforting things to comfort the two of us. It has been Pete who shouldered the fix-its and dos. I climbed the stairs with an acknowledgement ... "Well done, old gal." I said to myself. Believing I might be able to reclaim the night of sleep I nestled under the silk comforter and sought sleep. As I said in the beginning, the dust of dreams was stirred into the inbetween times and instead of sleep there was an inventory of my present come to give me a call.
Rather than ignore or ask the dust of dreams to wait for a more convenient time (and when might that be?) I met accumulation as a gift-present and the result shows itself today. There are actions I need to take with assertion during the remaining days of Mars the planet of action in my 7th House of relationships. The dust that accumulated last night was all about my relationships. Fueled with that tiny step outside our home in the drizzle of rain, it was my own act that moved the small yet disrupting metallic pinging of raindrops on foil. I call upon myself rather than habitually call upon my beloved asleep beside me. In the darkness of early morning I felt my place in the life of my only son; weighing it for worth I felt the old 'not-quite-good-enough' dust devils clotting up the corner over there. I heard the voice of strength and clear-sightedness telling me "Dust that! Out with it, old gal. Dust that!" I did. My role as mother/parent/role model is as real as I can make it; and that will be good enough. "I am here for you," I said to my son. And it is true.
Last Friday, I wrote about the actions I have been taking to use the energy of Mars in retrograde. Click here if you'd like to tie it with this "Dust." Seems my crisscrossing dreams of last night were working on my notes and so I continued by doing some internal home-keeping. The reminders on that list are ...
- Learn to barter so everyone wins
- See yourself through the eyes of others
- Commit to something or someone
- Set standards for yourslef as a role model and seek that in your partners
Pete is outside now wiping down and dusting the walls and floors of the vardo as I conclude this rambling. In the full spectrum of the cloud-muted Mill Town morning, a piece of email waited in my INBOX. Serendipity? That could definitely be its name. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a collaboration of experts with this mission:
I subscribe to the EWG newsletter, as a source of facts that help us sort the fiction from the near-truths. The mail I received today was about 'TOXIC CHEMICALS IN HOUSE DUST?"
This is the way the EWG Tip begins:
TIP 9: GET RID OF THAT (TOXIC) DUSTIt's a rambling one today ... and isn't it just like dust to be that way **smiles**
Dust bunnies aren't just unsightly and sometimes allergenic; they contain toxic chemicals. Why? The many chemicals in and around your homes wind up in your indoor dust when they migrate from home products and come in through open doors and windows and on your shoes. But the good news is it's pretty easy to keep those dust bunnies at bay -- and reduce your family's toxic exposures, too... click to read the entire article