Saturday, August 25, 2007

fluid

I woke up early and crept out of my still quiet house for an early appointment. I walked through the heavy wooden door and was immediately swaddled in eastern light and art and beauty. They speak in soft tones and guide me to a room filled with one of the biggest tubs I have ever seen. Marble covers the walls, a blue and green marble. Candles dance on the water.

I am alone in this room and I sink into the tub and I find deliciously hot water and I soak for a long, long time.

A quiet knock at the door. I slip my arms through the soft green robe on the door and pad barefoot up some wooden stairs. Another woman greets me, fairly pregnant and absolutely beautiful. She places her hands together in the universal namaste and leads me into another room, candles flickering against a large stone carving of buddha. She murmurs softly to me and I understand and slip onto the bed.

Her hands are strong and sure. She rubs tired muscles so completely I lose time and space. At one point her belly is against my arm and I feel a small kick. Hello little one, I think quietly and smile. I want to weep when she finally finishes but am simultaneously overflowing with peace and gratitude. She bows again and gives me a warm hug and a tall glass of water with cucumber floating on top.

I leave dreamlike and somehow navigate my way home to a quiet house where J is sitting contentedly. M is with my parents and will be back soon. Tonight we will go to a movie. A date of sorts.

Today is a very good day.

43 comments:

liv said...

Delicious! All days should start out as you painted this one.

slouching mom said...

lovely. i can close my eyes and picture it. which is a good thing for me to do, as the hub's been away for a week, and my day today is nothing like yours!

radical mama said...

Ah! A wonderful day, indeed.

Oh, The Joys said...

K and I are signed up for a double at 3 tomorrow!! Yippeee!

Blog Antagonist said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh. That sounds really, really good.

Kyla said...

Oh, that sounds wonderful.

Magpie said...

Lucky you! I wish my day had begun so nicely.

mamatulip said...

Beautiful. Lovely that you were able to recharge today.

deb said...

Sounds heavenly.

bgirl said...

ahhhhhhh......

enjoy your night out with the man.

ahhhhhhh.... ;)

Joker The Lurcher said...

mmmmm....

Janet said...

I love the imagery in this one, Jen.

My day started the same way today...except it was my feet, rather than my back. It was delicious.

Sober Briquette said...

Oooh, I feel better just having read this.

flutter said...

I miss doing this for a living.

meno said...

I am getting a vicarious thrill from reading this. There really isn't much better in the world than a massage.

Mrs. Chicky said...

That sounds absolutely perfect. I can feel your contentment through the computer.

alejna said...

So nice. I loved the kick from the little one.

luckyzmom said...

Sigh................

KC said...

This was so luscious, I thought I was reading a dream sequence. Good for you. I want one.

Mrs. Chicken said...

I can smell the oils.

And I'm jealous, of the morning and the movie both.

Lawyer Mama said...

I thought I was reading about a dream too. A lovely, wonderful dream. Glad you had such a good day!

painted maypole said...

oooh... I have a gift certificate for a massage that is collecting dust. the place is not quite as serene as the one you described, however, i think it is time I pulled that certificate out. :) thanks for the reminder

kiki said...

the very best kind of day honey. i'm glad for you. xo

mitzh said...

A wonderful day indeed.

blooming desertpea said...

Yes, time I signed up for something like that - it's overdue.

Have a great Sunday!

Little Monkies said...

Lovely. Lovely. Breathe in that calm, keep it with you next week as you work through your time.

Namaste.

Tabba said...

it all sounds perfectly delicious.

Hel said...

Wow!

You deserved every moment.

Hetha said...

I actually thought I was reading a memory of an experience you once had in an eastern land, how incredible that this is in your own neck of the woods. I'm glad you are taking care of you and in turn reminding us take care of us.

Bon said...

i think this post was MY porn, Jen...if searching for a way out of the country is yours, reading about your search and the occasional lovely touches of far away in your everyday life is my own.

sigh.

i am glad yesterday was a good day.

carrie said...

Oh, I am relaxed just reading this. Glad you got to that appointment, I can't think of a better day for you!

Twisted Cinderella said...

wonderfully written

thailandchani said...

Sounds like a perfect thing for you to have done! Ideal! :)


Peace,

~Chani

~JJ! said...

Wow. You have made it sound so much better than I ever experienced it...

That was beautiful!

NotSoSage said...

And a well-deserved one, at that.

xo

Christine said...

one word: jealous!

Anjali said...

Aaahhh... I think I need to make an appointment pronto.

Ally said...

A very good day, indeed.

I love the "hello little one."

my minivan is faster than yours said...

Just found you through Lawyer Mama, and now I want to go and get a massage. I'm so inspired!

Good for you!

Amy York said...

A very good day, indeed! If only all days could start like that... Lucky girl. :) Hope the rest of your day was just as wonderful!

crazymumma said...

mmmmmmmmm

enjoy darling.

Julie (aka calm mama) said...

Wow, where is that magical place?

The Expatriate Chef said...

I need an appointment.

Sounds strange, but I loved being pregnant. I loved those kicks. It was an amazing experience.