Maybe you saw this viral photo last week of Gretchen Goldman, a climate scientist and mother of toddlers, doing a live interview on CNN.
I. love. this. photo. I have been thinking about it all week.
For one, it’s funny. Her pantlessness makes it special (although, she clarified those are actually shorts).
For another, it’s delightful to remember that every media expert right now is speaking from a closet, or with a stack of dirty plates out of frame, or with family members in the other room being as quiet as possible.
Most of all, though, I love this image because it is the epitome of “Good enough.”
In an interview on NPR, Goldman said both she and her husband work from home in demanding jobs. Their toddlers do things toddlers do. She is exhausted.
And to keep sane, she has to filter out what must be done from what doesn’t.
I thought about Gretchen Goldman this morning, when I was rushing out the door for work, and making myself late by tidying up the house for the HVAC people who are coming today.
I thought about Gretchen Goldman last night when I looked at a basket full of clean laundry, wondering when I was going to have time to fold it, and then realizing that I could just leave it in the basket. Like, until I wear it. It’s still clean, right?
I thought about Gretchen Goldman this weekend as I started to vacuum our second floor, which is gutted down-to-the studs, covered in plaster dust, sawdust, and (weirdly) walnut chunks from old squirrel nests. I understood that cleaning any other section of our house other than the 500 square feet where we currently sleep, cook, and relax is a big old waste of time.
And I think about Gretchen Goldman and all parents right now, because renovating a house is one thing. Handing life with kids at home right now, but be... so hard. To all of you who are doing it:
I love you. You are amazing.
Below is a practice that I hope can help a little!
Practice of the Week: