Routine is Important: Just ask my Mother

As we age, we’re told to mix up our routine. Keep our brain challenged and break out of our day-to-day pattern. It’s healthy for us, or so we’re told.

And to some degree, I think there’s some merit to the medical studies that espouse such recommendations, but I think there’s also something to be said for sticking to a routine.

Routine is important. Just ask my mother. Disturb her before she has her first cup of coffee and visits the loo in the morning and she’s not a happy camper. God forbid, if you should bother her before her favorite television show, “The Price is Right”, is over. Not a pleasant experience to have with her.

Every morning, my cat and I dance. She whines. I feed her. She jumps up on my desk, starts chewing on my paper work and walking across my computer key board. Then she wants to go outside. Of course, she can’t simply walk out when I open my patio door. She has to walk around the perimeter of the living room first, then around the overstuffed lazy boy rocker and finally she’s ready to exit. I have to patiently wait while she does this little two-step of hers, and then I can close the door and go back to whatever I was doing.

There are days that I’d like to choke the little twit as she slowly prances by me and looks up as if to say, “Humans are so clueless.”

Maybe Boo’s trying to teach me patience, or maybe this little tango is something that keeps her safe and she depends on it. I don’t know. I’m no cat whisperer, and I certainly haven’t a clue as to what makes a cat tick.

I do know, though, there are days in my life when everything is crazy and life is one crisis after another. Having a routine and sticking to it keeps me secure: Taking daily walks. Going to exercise class on Wednesdays. Seeing my yoga buddies on Fridays. Reading a good book and falling asleep on a rainy afternoon with our other cat, Molly, spread-eagle on my belly. All routines I relish and enjoy.

And when the sump pump breaks, the IRS notifies me that I owe them $5,500, the inspector says my house has termites and my doctor tells me that I have pneumonia; I remember to get up, wash my face, put on a little lipstick and face the day, ‘cuz that’s what Mom taught me to do.

I’m not so much into the lipstick, like my Mom, but I definitely understand and appreciate the need for a consistent schedule to keep me going. There are days when I need the safety and comfort of knowing that I have certain things planned. So, when life comes along and messes with those plans, I still have the comfort of knowing that my daily regimen is still intact and it can be restarted with the dawning of a new day.

I keenly remembered how my special needs kids depended on a routine. They vociferously complained about it on a regular basis, but change it on them once in a blue moon, and they let you know they weren’t pleased. For many of them, their day to day home life was chaotic and their only source of reliability and sanity was my classroom and the safety of its expectations and schedule.

As I slowly age, I realize that I need to keep my mind challenged and continue to learn new skills and stretch my imagination, but I also realize that there are days that I need to feel stable and safe and having some structure and routine in my life is ok and actually beneficial to me in a number of ways, both physically and emotionally. So, I give myself permission to throw caution to the wind, and on those days I need to have a miniature snicker’s bar after I eat lunch, I go for it and sometimes even have two!

In the meantime, I need to feed Boo Boo, again, and wait at the patio door while she sashays around the border of our living room furniture. Have a great week, People, and I’ll catch ya the next time, looking at life from my shoes!


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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

15 thoughts on “Routine is Important: Just ask my Mother”

  1. Hi Lucie
    I have just popped in for a visit and thank crikey I did because now I feel better already. Can’t put my finger on it exactly, but I’ve been out of sorts ol’ mate.
    I think ROUTINE is the key, since I have returned to the workforce you would think a person could get their act together, wouldn’t you?
    I’m all over the shop mate, any routine I may have had has gone to sh#t..
    I’m leavin’ reminder notes, there everywhere mate, the fridge, the bathroom mirror, the dunny paper holder, even stickin ‘ them on the steering wheel in the car, that tells ya how bad I’m travelin’ when it comes to routine, Lucie…😞😞
    By golly after reading your story I have to get back on me bike ( cos’ I have fallen clean off it ) and sort out a routine to follow, I shall be putting the Lippy on as well.
    I knew I had to pay you a visit for a reason!!
    I’m not sure about Boo, but Molly’s got the right idea, spread eagled somewhere soft, cosy and comfy takin’ a nanna nap should be in everyone’s routine me thinks..ya both on a win win there!!! I’m smiling Lucie, I hope you are too mate ☺💜
    OK mate you have made me laugh and motivated me at the same time,
    I Love life in Lucie’s Shoes
    I Love ya to bits I do
    Big hugs heading your way
    From Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊 💜 💜 💜 💋 💋

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    1. OK, Buddy…usually I can figure out your quaint expressions from the context in your writing, but ya got me on: “Putting the lippy on”…ya wanna translate, please?!

      As far as your routine goes, you’ve gone from one extreme form of stress to another and then back, again! YOU, dear Anne Girl, need a break yourself. Your life has been like your weather, lately, and I worry. I hope u get some down time SOME TIME, Mate!

      Love you…..
      Lucie ;>) ❤

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      1. Just gettin’ back to ya about Puttin’ the Lippy on… can’t go out the door without puttin the Lippy on mate!!!….ya Ma has mastered this art form, it’s a girls best friend after Diamonds….Lipstick!!! Lucie…I know you said it aint your thing, but ya Mom and me are on the same page on this one buddy
        Loves ya Lucie
        Hugs from
        Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊 💜 💜 💋 💋 💋
        PS I hear ya mate, I will get there in the long run, long time since my life has had much routine about it, other than sittin’ in front of doctors mate..😞😦💜💜💜


  2. Such an enjoyable piece about the need we all have for stability and security in our lives. Like you, I haven’t had enough of that lately and it’s making me a touch grumpy. I wish someone would draw a square on my carpet with tape so I could url up and take a nap. I’ll have to ask Joel. This post proves you are becoming an expert editor and reviser (revisor?)

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