Anticipation

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.” 
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

My life is all about waiting right now. But it’s the best kind of waiting, as I am waiting for two particularly good things to happen.

Good thing #1
We bought a new house! Not just any house, but this is the we’ve-been-dreaming-about-buying-some-acreage-for-years-so-let’s-just-do-it house. We sold our little family starter in inner urban Yarraville and are heading to the hills to our new home on 11 acres on the outskirts of Melbourne.

Our life will change enormously. There will be animals to feed (chickens at first, then a dog, then probably some sheep and a cow), plants to sow, long drives to the office, and paddocks to keep under control. But it’s really exciting. I’m very glad that O has country blood running through his veins, having grown up in the country. Personally, I haven’t got a clue what to do. But I’m pretty excited at the prospect of finding out!

I’ve been planning our orchard and thinking about all the great things we’ll plant in our veggie garden. I’ve been wondering how much I’ll have to nag the kids to go out to the chook shed and collect the eggs every day.

I’ve also been obsessively redecorating the house in my head. So far the walls have been painted, the floors laid with polished timber, the aluminium windows replaced with beautiful timber French doors, and new curtains have been hung. Of course, this is all in my head so far. There are some practicalities, such as having another baby and the small issue of budget, which could slow this process down!

Good thing #2
Of course, the baby is our second good thing that we’re waiting for. We don’t know much about this little person yet, other than that he/she really likes kicking. We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl and we won’t find out until D-Day, but we do know that this will be the last addition to our family so we’ll enjoy this one last ride as much as we can.
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I guess this kind of waiting, of excited anticipation, is an important part of life. Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project writes that anticipating with pleasure is one of the four stages of happiness. My memories of happy times as a child are often bound up with breathless anticipation… being wide awake in bed on Christmas Eve while thinking of the excitement the next day… the fever pitch excitement of the last week of school when an entire summer holiday full of potential yawned open in front of you.

Anticipation is an important part of cooking too. When I cook, I usually start with a fairly firm picture of what I want the dish to be, and how I expect it to turn out, and all that anticipatory effort you expend during the cooking process only makes it taste even better when you finally sit down to eat.

I hope you have some exciting things to look forward to as well. And if you can’t think of anything that fits the bill, remember that every meal time can be something worth anticipating.

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