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2.27.2021

Undone


Undone. That word evokes many different thoughts.  Noun, verb, adjective.

My mother was usually a tad undone when I was a kid. With three daughters 18 months apart, a full-time job, a huge garden, canning and freezing all summer at all hours of the night, and responsibilities at church, she ran full boar virtually all the time! Usually that meant she was driving while taking curlers out of her hair, slathering cream on her legs and possibly curling her eyelashes. Being a bit undone was the direct result of that amount of voluminous perpetual motion! She is still THE best mom ever - able to do more stuff and activities than any other human I know. She commonly says to me regarding her undone-ishness, “I washed my hair but that's all the further I got with it!" Usually she looks tinged with just a bit of undone ness. I can relate! it’s a hell of a lot of work to NOT be undone looking! Some days I join her:)

Then there is the word undone in relation to buttons and zippers. It means it was not completed. I have been "undone" in that way by accident many times. I've also witnessed it in others. Those undone moments always cause me to giggle a bit. Who among us hasn't realized their pants were unzipped the better part of a day while at work, school, church, or at some function in public. There's no easy or discreet way to correct the undone under the watching eyes of others. Likewise, to tell the undone person of their clothing error is always a conundrum. 

Something can be undone - it can be unraveled to the point of it not being held together. A knot, a sewing stitch, a fixable mistake of some kind - a reverse so to speak. 

Undone is where a good remodel project must begin - an undoing of the old to make room for the new. That context of the word is my favorite as it hints to healing, restoration, letting go, creating a new path. There is hope in that state of undone. It's lined with whispers of change, making room to create.

We are all in a suspended state of undone as humans. We are not born full of the knowing that comes as a result of journeying life in a constant state of change. In all reality we are not completed until we stand in the presence of God our Creator - the finish cycle. Our undone is done at that moment.

I don't always particularly like things in an undone state. I've driven hard and intensely over the years to crush anything undone. You might not like undone either depending on your personality. Some of us are quite comfortable with undone visibly all around us, it's our happy place. Others, might struggle to quell the insatiable drive to always obliterate undone all around us. 

The thought has parked in me as of late - I will die with things undone. Quite possibly the dishwasher full and not unloaded, a bill needing to be paid, a messy closet, a blog half-written, a life goal not fully materialized, crumbs on the seat of my car, my leaves unraked will remain undone. It's ok I've told myself recently, being undone is part of our humanity. I'm actually finding joy in it, a space to cultivate creativeness, and an avenue to continue to let go of control.

When my moment of death comes, I ask my two sisters to take my menagerie of half-used lipstick tubes, slather on their favorite color in honor of me and salute that my undone is now done. 




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