Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Air-ing



Soon enough, in the days between one season and the next, we take the quilts from the closet and stretch them upon line out back. Unfolded, they groan and we take the broom to them, removing any dust collected as sleepers in their eyes during their slumber. Sun collects in their pores to keep us warm through the cold months. A breeze imbues them with a breathe of freshness we will inhale each time we wrap our bodies beneath them. We inspect the stitches for those that need tightening, preserving each patch's place in the picture.

This ritual of air-ing the quilts prepares them for the winter that is always coming.

We need this as much as the quilts.

written for Imperfect Prose.

I am being kidnapped in the morning. I don't know what I am doing or where I will be for the next two days. I do know I will be alone, except for my wife, who planned it all in secret. See you Saturday, when we are done air-ing.

92 comments:

LadyCat said...

There is nothing better than crawling under a fresh smelling quilt on a cold night.
Have fun on your secret airing trip!

Steve E said...

Nothing like being a 'kid' again...and 'kidnapped'!

Maybe she will beat you with a quilt! OMG, did I write that? "Take away my keyboard, Peeps, I'm crazy again"--two days in a row...or is that years?

See you in church--or somewhere, Bri!

David Allen Waters said...

enjoy the quilts and the time with your wife my friend...cherish the moments:)

Magpie said...

Love the rituals of the seasons.
Have a wonderful time (as if you wouldn't) with your wife on your adventure.

Pat Hatt said...

I'm sure it's better than being strung up on a line and beat.
And your secret surprise will be a treat.
And it's not winter yet so nothing will go numb
Have fun and then some

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Oh Brian! WHAT A TREAT! Hope you and T have a BLAST!!!!

I love the gathering of sun to keep us warm through winter months!

AmyLK said...

I love sheets and blankets that have been dried on the breeze! Have a wonderful time this weekend!

Ed Pilolla said...

we do need to tend to our special things, especially community items. love that musty smell of quilts forgotten in the closet, i must confess.
have fun on your break.

ells said...

Stopped in from next door...Love the analogy...yes...sometimes we need a good airing out.
Treasure the time alone with your wife...these times are gifts to be treasured.
Blessings~

lori said...

Oh, how fun! Enjoy your adventure together. We do all need these times of refreshing. And, there is nothing like a worn in quilt to keep cozy :)

MorningAJ said...

Have a wonderful time. I'm the one who plans surprises round here. I'm jealous.

Daniel said...

Love the imagery. Have a great weekend, where you end up! (smiles)

Monkey Man said...

We miss having a clothes line. Nothing like the smell of line dried laundry. Have a great time with your kidnapping.

happygirl said...

This was so fresh and airy. Thanks. so, I guess we'll be getting one of the naughty poems next week. ;)

Claudia said...

smiles..have fun collecting sun in the pores and enjoy the kidnapping..

Hilary said...

Oh I can feel the fresh, quilty softness. Wait that sounds like a TP ad. ;)

Such a romantic gesture.. have a great time on your secret getaway.

Goofball said...

Hmmm we don't use quilts and surely don't have a habit of airing them (or blankets or duvets instead) but I like the image of them absorbing the last summer sun to give back to us in winter.



But please, we had such a crappy summer, I am still hoping for a excellent Indian summer....I am not ready for winter references yet!

Brandee Shafer said...

Pat's and happygirl's comments made me laugh. I think you're blessed, Friend, to have a wife who airs quilts and plans trips.

Ruthiey said...

What a picture! I love getting that outside air smell into my quilts and sheets!

Rachel said...

stunning.

have fun on this secret "airing" trip with your lovely bride.

Cheryl said...

I miss this ritual. No "real" quilts in my world right now.

Enjoy your secret getaway.

Kat_RN said...

I love it!
Good for her. Enjoy.
Kat

LauraX said...

"preserving each patch's place in the picture." beautiful Brian...have a wonderful time with your wife:-)

ayala said...

So happy that your wife is kidnapping you on a mysterious adventure....I hope that both of you enjoy every minute :)

Joanna Jenkins said...

As a quilter and quilt fan, I love your words today.

And I'm officially jealous-- A husband/wife getaway. That sounds like paradise. ENJOY!!! I might have to plan one of those for my hubby too.

Cheers, jj

Pastor Sharon said...

This is lovely about the quilts!

I love that your wife is kidnapping you. Amy does that from time to time and it is always so much fun!

Have a lovely time together!

Fred said...

Brian, does that every bring back memories. When my Grandmother was still alive, actually probably have to go back 10 years before then, as her last 8-10 years she was pretty much resigned to the bed or kitchen, she used to do this exactly, hang the line, dry the clothes, even after we got a machine, she preferred things the old way. We even had to continue it for her when she couldn't. Which we didn't mind, but I remember one time I threw her clothes in the dryer and then brought them in for her. She smelled the clothes, then felt through them. Then in an old Italian accent she said, I didn't see you outside, to which I didn't reply, did you make sure you got every piece of clothes, I nodded, to which she told me to wash them again, and she'd be watching as I put them on the line. Which she did. Thanks Brian, really great write

Tara Miller said...

I agree....we all need refreshed from time to time. This was a beautiful and oh so true lovely write!

I'm so excited to be pulling this surprise off...looking forward to spending special time with you and seeing the look on your face when you find out your surprise! hee hee

Tara Miller said...

I agree....we all need refreshed from time to time. This was a beautiful and oh so true lovely write!

I'm so excited to be pulling this surprise off...looking forward to spending special time with you and seeing the look on your face when you find out your surprise! hee hee

Mrsupole said...

I have to say we were so happy to get a clothes dryer that there was no way we were going to hang clothes on the line again. But we never thought about when the dryer breaks.

Have lots of fun on your secret get away. Surprises are still one of the best things in life.

God bless.

Zeba said...

Wow. You made 'air-ing' sound romantic. I am in awe. Enjoy your secret secret trip. Hope it is everything you wished for.

Eva Gallant said...

Love those sun-aired patchwork quilts to snuggle under!

Your getaway sounds exciting! Have fun!

Cinner said...

I like the idea of the sun staying in the quilts to keep us warm in the winter. Hope you have a great time.

DJan said...

Oh it's coming, you can feel fall in the shorter days. And even the air is different, maybe it's coming from that air-ing of the quilts!

Christine said...

one last hurrah until we become housebound and captive under a winter blanket, sounds lovely!

haikulovesongs said...

i love that you're being kidnapped. enjoy!

TALON said...

Sun-dried clothes - nothing finer.

Hope you and T have a lovely time, Brian. :)

CM said...

Have fun!

Mijayami said...

"Sun collects in their pores to keep us warm through the cold months." -- I love this image/idea and shall keep it with me throughout the winters to come. Thank you :)

*****Shelly***** said...

We, too, need "air-ing" to prepare for our winter season...yes. :)

Have a great two days away...wherever that may be!

ladyfi said...

I love the smell of sheets and quilts that have been sun-dried and aired.

Enjoy your kidnap!

owlmeetsfairy said...

quilts are so poetic... I have a few piled on the end of my bed, ready for the cooler months ahead. Enjoy the airing and your kid-napped mornings

Barbara Shallue said...

Despite the constant triple digit heat, I sense the changing of seasons here myself. Have a great kidnapping!

KB and Whitesnake said...

Have a wonderful time with your wife!

KB

Madhulika said...

*Nostalgia*.. It reminded me of my mom... before winters would arrive, she used to lay all the quilts in the sun.. The picture seems like the one of my house *smiles*
Loved this post <3 <3

adeeyoyo said...

What a sweet, comforting post, Brian. Enjoy...!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful words and they ring so true.;))
Enjoy your days off in perfect company and I bet a romantic setting.;)))
xoxo

Lorraine said...

I love quilts I love that you give it the proper respect and love the paintaing

Laurie Kolp said...

Ahh... enjoyed this. Have fun!

the walking man said...

I think that quilt airing ceremony can wait until late March.

annell said...

It seems like perhaps you are awakening them, after their summer's sleep.

Valerie said...

What a nice way to be kidnapped ... smiles.

Have a wonderful time.

JStar said...

So refreshing Brian! But I am sooo not ready to prepare for the cold just yet lol

Jyoti Mishra said...

surprises :)
the word itself brings a smile on my face !!

I wish it brings on yours too !!

Heather said...

lovely photo and your words are amazing. enjoy you two!!!! first day back on line since sunday, ...i am glad i stopped here first! :)

Lisa notes... said...

Hope you're enjoying your air-ing. My husband has planned that for us too. We leave tomorrow!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Have fun on your trip!!

Barb said...

I remember scenes like this from my childhood in Lancaster County, PA - lots of quilters there! Hope your "napping" is fun!

Sue said...

Boy, isn't that the truth?

=)

PS. Have a wonderful time being a kidnap victim. ;)

Kitty A. said...

Oh,

It's hot time,
It's cool time,
It's game time,
and it's FUN 'crime' time!

Justin said...

I like the celebration of how the sun and some fresh air rejuvinates things.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Ha! I can use some airing! Enjoy your time together

blueviolet said...

Ah yes, airing is essential.

Be sure you bring along that box!

Heaven said...

I like that ritual of air-ing ~

Have fun with your get-away ~

PattiKen said...

Nice custom, and a nice piece, Brian. And really nice is the kidnapping. Can't wait to hear about it.

nance marie said...

best post i have read in a long while.

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Hi! Brian...
"I am being kidnapped in the morning. I don't know what I am doing or where I will be for the next two days. I do know I will be alone, except for my wife, who planned it all in secret."
See you Saturday, when we are done air-ing.


Take care! my friend and you and yours have a good-time..."air-ing"
I read some Of your reader's comments and I was left with a giggle or two and most definitely, a smile.
Cont... Now, on to the your beautiful words...

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

First Of all, I love your image...Because it most definitely, compliment your poem.

"This ritual of air-ing the quilts prepares them for the winter that is always coming."

Secondly, I really appreciate your analogy...I quite agree people most definitely, need to "rejuvenate" with each changing season.(or just in their lives period...)

[Oh! yes, I think that the season (just like people) change in climates where you don't notice the season changing too!]
Thanks, for sharing!
deedee ;-D

Mama Zen said...

Quilts comfort the heart. Beautiful piece, Brian.

hedgewitch said...

Hope you come back fully aired up. or is that out? Quilts aren't the only thing that benefit from fresh air.

Margaret said...

Be careful! I took my husband away for a weekend in MI and we ended up moving and living there for 8 years. You deserve a relaxing getaway! And I loved your poem - I am so ready for chilly weather and snuggly quilts. :)

Ravenblack said...

Insightful. It's interesting how certain rituals that we do with the seasons, we can often apply to keeping our own well being. :)

emily wierenga said...

oh yes, friend, we need this air-ing... and there's nothing like being outside, close to God, to refresh... i'm so glad you're getting away. i hope it's so good you don't want to return :) (but please, do, return!)

MomsJournal said...

Now that we have our new house that I actually enjoy being in...I don't mind that winter is coming and that I might be trapped by snow for a few days. I'm getting the quilts out soon enough, but we're expecting some nice weather next week. ;-)

Drizel said...

Ooooo that's nice for you and your wife:)
Lovely piece....so happy summer is coming for us here in the southern hemisphere so air those quilts, woop woop:)

TechnoBabe said...

Being kidnapped by your wife sounds like so much fun.

We do the same thing with the winter comforters and quilts, air out on the clothesline.

secret agent woman said...

I like to throw open all the windows and air out the whole house.

Enjoy your getaway.

Daydreamertoo said...

I'm sure your wife has something magical and devine prepared for you.
Enjoy!
And air-ing the quilts is lovely!

Maggie May said...

Love the smell of a freshly aired quilt!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

The Empress said...

I LOVE YOUR WIFE!

Being kidnapped is one of the favorite things to do to each other in this house.

CANNOT wait to find out where you are after your blindfold is removed.

ds said...

Happy secret "airing"! Ritual is important... ;)

Vodka Mom said...

saturday? dang. i'll be in Pittsburgh.

Vicki Lane said...

Have fun airing out!

Vicki Lane said...

Have fun airing out!

kaykuala said...

Never had necessity of quilts in our household. Had seen other lesser items being aired though.

Have a fun time on your getaway, Brian! A well deserved break!

kkrige said...

This is a very pastoral poem for you Brian. Simple and nice.

I hope that your excursion away is exciting! Have fun. :)

♥ Braja said...

that's it! the Rumi quote I was looking for today....found it....you reminded me :)) it'll be up tomorrow....loved this Brian. The image is fantastic :)

Pauline said...

sounds pretty perfect to me :)

sharmishtha said...

i agree with ladycat :)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Your posts are always a delight! And thanks as always for your fun contribution to last week's Limerick-Off!

Lydia said...

This is so beautiful, so poignant, so sentimental that it made me cry.

Syd said...

Nice. I like the idea of putting the blankets on the line. You have inspired me to put up a clothes line.