I love you Ben Faubion (my husband, best friend, counselor, creative partner, fellow traveler, muse)! Tonight after Aaron went to sleep we listened to a few chapters of A Tale of Two Cities on Audible. We’re debating whether to get a TV…on one hand it would be nice to see Netflix on a screen larger than our iPad or laptops; on the other hand, not having the big screen forces us to be more creative with our down time…listening to great literature or to Ben’s latest Blues riff on the guitar, for example.
I suppose the bigger issue is how to maintain and cultivate an atmosphere of calm creativity in our home. As Aaron grows up, I want him to be a kid who knows how to use all of his senses, especially his sense of imagination. I want him to know how to entertain himself and his friends via his own creativity, as well as having the capacity to sit back and enjoy media created by our society.
This means Ben and I need to continue to model it. How do we spend our free hours? Are we engaged in meaningful dialogue with each other? Have we made our home an environment that reflects both of our styles and interests, but nonetheless harmonizes in a satisfying way? Do we spend our time productively, challenging each other to grow past our fears and insecurities and truly live out our calling? Do we know how to rest together and just be?