What is the word I am searching for? It is not ‘trepidation.’ It is not ‘fear’. ‘Curiosity’ isn’t quite right, either. How to describe heading out to do chores? ‘Wonder’? ‘Hyper-alertness’ ??
It is what makes answering the question, “How long do chores take you?” so hard to answer.
One just never knows.
Stuff goes wrong, or at least unplanned.
Someone plots an escape route.
Or someone goes exploring and visiting and I have to get my camera.
Pumpkin Pie had never ventured into the goat pen before; even though their back gate opens into the pasture. We were all surprised to see her checking their digs out one morning.
Pumpkin blossoms may call to be picked for making into a fried delicacy.
Or maybe everything and everyone is calm. Quiet. At peace. And I forget the weeds and that the grass needs mowed and flowers need watered and dead-headed and when am I going to organize the workbench and sweep out the shed and oh yes, I need to pick up the sweet corn stalks from Mom’s house and till the patch over there …. Then a feeling of awe about God’s creation settles lightly on your shoulders and you just stop to breathe in the beauty of a summer sunset.
What is the word to describe all that and more? ‘Adventure’ or ‘awareness’ or …. ? What is a word for all that and so much more?