by Cheryl Demas
This past weekend my family and I took a short trip to a small resort. Our cottage had power and running water, but that was about it. No TV, no phone, no Internet connection. It was "like the old days" as my kids say. And we had a great time. We played board games and laughed and talked and enjoyed ourselves completely.
Sometimes I think we get so caught up in all of the conveniences, gadgets, and machinery of our lives that we forget how simple things can be.
So now that we're back to our real lives, I'm taking a closer look at our daily routines and thinking about the things we can do without, the things we can simplify.
So it was with this in mind that I went to the bookstore. As I was browsing through the Simple Living Guides, a young man approached me.
"Have you ever heard of this?" He asked as he held up a yoga video.
"Yoga? Sure." I replied.
His next question surprised me.
"Have you ever done it naked?"
Now, I hadn't expected that. I just shook my head in stunned silence. He walked away as I continued to shake my head. Did I look like a naked-yoga-practitioner to him?
I finished my browsing, tried to forget about the yoga video, and I returned home with a few "simple" ideas that I decided to put into practice right away.
The first was an old-fashioned clothesline I strung across the back deck. A rope and a few clothespins and I was in business.
My 14-year-old daughter came home just as I was hanging up my first load of wet clothes. From the look on her face, you would have thought I was doing naked-yoga out on the back deck. She was mortified.
"Mother, come in here right now. What do you think you're doing? Haven't you heard? This is the 21st century you know!"
"Nicki, it's simple, it's natural, and it's solar powered. Haven't you heard? There is an energy crisis you know!"
"But do you have to do this out here where everyone can see you?"
"Well, it's kind of hard to hang clothes outside without actually going outdoors."
She just rolled her eyes and walked away.
Oh well, she will get used to it.
And as long as I'm getting in touch with the simple life, maybe I should give the yoga a try.
Cheryl is the founder and publisher of WAHM.com. She lives and works at her home in California with her husband and two daughters. She is also the author of The Work-at-Home Mom's Guide to Home Business"