Monday, November 28, 2016

The Calm Weekend

"Maybe you are the 'cool' generation. If coolness means a capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service of ends passionately believed in, then it has my admiration."   ... Kingman Brewster, Jr.


For me, it was The Lost Gilmore Girls Weekend. :)

Though of course, on Thursday Tom and I did Thanksgiving Our Way and I fun-chatted with friends online before cooking a simple traditional dinner. Tom and I caught-up on favorite shows and told tv folks how unwise they were ("What, no back-up? Morons.") like always and rested, snacked and happy-sighed. A lot.

But then Friday morning, 3:30 a.m. (who could sleep?), I sat here at my desk with headphones, a blanket, snacks and sentimental tears brimming my eyes for warm-my-heart Gilmore Girls hours. You can't return to Stars Hollow after 10 years and not be all touched and grateful.

And wow, those final 4 words! 

Months ago, after reading they'd be wild, I did try to pre-guess them, but here's an instance I'm thankful for my slowness. How much more memorable to gasp with shock, then reel while final credits rolled.

Friday evening? We went out with Naomi and her boyfriend to a hopping Mexican food place whose food Tom savors, but I only tolerate. A fun family time, yes, but oh, all the lip-reading I did, what with the blaring music. (Does anyone understand why restaurants play tunes so loudly that we must yell at our friends?)

Perhaps it's yet another of those "too wonderful for me to understand" things.

Anyway, next day Tom watched the new Gilmore Girls movies with me on our tv. Cool, right? Though he didn't quite go as far as this one husband whose wife commented at Facebook:

"My husband got up at 4:30, made me pancakes and put on a flannel shirt and backwards cap and we watched one episode before our 4 kids got up! LOVING that my girls are back!"

Awww, right? Even if you're not familiar with Gilmore Girls, that's plain obvious sweetness and an encouragement since we're so often media-fed that nobody's got a happy marriage anymore. (The media and I are no longer speaking.) Heh.

Well, the rest of the weekend I pretty much spent in Stars Hollow by way of the original episodes. 

And yeah, yeah... A few times during those bleary-eyed hours I did ask, "Aren't you wasting time here?" But then I'd go online and read what's happening out there and I'd cringe at all the hatred, lies, schemes, violence and think, "Uh, no. Watching Gilmore Girls while giving Tom space to do what he wants is not wasting time."

No, it's more like therapy. And pondering.  

Like discovering a way for me to reboot, refresh and stay calm, thus keeping my heart's atmosphere peaceful, making it easier for God to work inside. He can speak more clearly in peace, build things better, stronger, for upcoming Normal Days and the battle which I call '2016 And Beyond'. 

And whew. I do feel refreshed on this normal Monday. Calm. Ready. And hoping you, also, experienced your own version of a rebooting-for-whatever's-ahead weekend. 

Everything's easier when we step into it rested, at peace and prepared.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”   ... Joshua 1:9

"Mistakes and pressure are inevitable; the secret to getting past them is to stay calm."

... Travis Bradberry

" ... keep your head when all about you others
are losing theirs..."   ---Rudyard Kipling

A very special thanks to all who wished us a happy anniversary! We so appreciated each kind word.


Anyone want to share their favorite parts of the Gilmore Girls revival with me? Please email me at I have a long list of what I loved best.  :)




Betsy said...

Dare I confess that I've never seen any episodes of the Gilmore Girls and I don't have Netflix so I can't catch up with what everyone else is swooning over. With so much time in bed the past few weeks, watching past episodes would have been wonderful. As it was, there was nothing worth watching so I just lay there! :-). Glad you had a great weekend my friend.

Debra said...

Oh Betsy! I'm sorry you've been in bed the past few weeks. Yikes!I kept picturing you in your living room. Could you please email me at I have something to ask you. Thanks so much--and thanks for commenting! I'd missed hearing from you. Blessings, Debra