A Dusk of Doing Nothing


“Day, Mary!” he said, putting a finger lazily to the brim of his hat. “And how are you keeping?”
Mary Poppins looked up from her knitting.
“None the better for your asking,” she said, with a loud sniff.
Jane and Michael could not see the man’s face for the brim of his hat was well pulled down, but from the way bells jingled they knew he was laughing.
“Busy as usual, I see!” he remarked, glancing at the knitting. “But then, you always were, even at Court. If you weren’t dusting the Throne you’d be making the King’s bed, and if you weren’t doing that you were polishing the Crown Jewels. I never knew such a one for work!”
“Well, it’s more than anyone could say for you,” said Mary Poppins crossly.
“Ah,” laughed the Stranger, “that’s just where you’re wrong! I’m always busy. Doing nothing takes a great deal of time! All the time, in fact!”



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12 Responses to A Dusk of Doing Nothing

  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Haha! Cute! And true!

    • BeeHappee says:

      Thank you, Mary! I was talking to someone about homeschooling and unschooling yesterday and in my descriptions of how we school I realized we do a lot of nothing. 🙂 Or what it would seem like nothing – hanging out in the woods, or on the swings, or sleeping in, or mixing up some pancakes (with some interesting experiments). 🙂 And then I saw a post by Idzie on Laura Weldon’s site, specifically about Laziness:
      And thought of doing the whole post on that. But I got lazy 🙂 . . . So I just snatched a quote from Mary Poppins link one of the commenters provided.

  2. shoreacres says:

    My grandmother used to say, “Sometimes I just sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sit.” Granted, she didn’t “just sit” very often — she always had tea towels to embroider, or beans to snap. But that didn’t seem like work. It was just a different way of sitting.

    • BeeHappee says:

      Thanks, Linda. I love that. I think I read in at least one of your posts all about your grandma’s wisdom. Was she from Midwest? My grandma was quite like that too, sitting, spinning on her spinning wheel, not really work, even with many chores she always had time to sit. My mom, on the other hand. . . Her favorite saying: we will rest after we die, now it is time to work.
      Love hearing your grandma stories. Thank you!

      • shoreacres says:

        She was from Sweden. Both she and grandpa came over around 1900. They came on the same ship, but didn’t meet until they got to Minnesota. Then, they married and moved to Iowa. Pretty interesting.

      • Olive says:

        Ha! My husband has been driving me crazy with that one for years! We will rest in the grave…..he says.
        Oh, and our unschooling looks like a lotta nothing too. Unless you actually pay attention to what is being done (thinking, planning, imagining, connecting). So far today my younger two have been watching videos on using recycling to make doll set ups. Sounds like nothing, but wait. Through this they have learned about construction concepts (what works structurally, proportions) and they have been sewing clothes and furniture with old scraps and pasta boxes. The eldest is working on a new watercolor, playing guitar while parts dry……then a walk in the forest down the road, picking wild figs as they ripen. Lots of very good nothing. And it is just now noon!
        Thanks for posting and sharing, it is always fun to stop in and read your thoughts!

        • BeeHappee says:

          That is so nice, Olive! Sounds like our life. 🙂 I used to have a big box of stuff laying around, recyclables and lids, tubes and cloth, etc. etc. and kids would construct whatever they fancied, marble run mazes, cardboard houses, etc.
          When I was a kid, we did not have many toys. So we would invent ways to play with whatever we would find. One of our favorite games for us girls was paper doll making and clothes for dolls, and also we would play with buttons. Just plain old buttons my mom had saved. We would pretend each button in a person, with a gender, personality, size, and then we would draw towns and streets on paper for them to live in, some were quite complex architectural structures. 🙂
          Best of luck with your homeschooling and thanks for sharing your ideas!

  3. smilecalm says:

    well put!
    amazing how doing “nothing”
    can be so preoccupying 🙂

  4. barnraised says:

    Couldn’t agree more!

  5. blazeburgess says:

    It’s more satisfying than dusting thrones, too, at least in my experience.

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