I am a creature of habit... ritual living.
I've been this way as long as I can remember.
For example; as a child I absolutely could not go to bed without going to my dad to kiss, then hug and shake his hand while I said "Good night, God bless you and pleasant dreams." Then I would have to go do the same little ritual with my mom. Why a handshake? I do not know. I just had to do it or I'd lay there and fidget until I got out of bed and did it.
Were my parents out of town... I had to have a phone call where I could at least perform the vocal portion of my bedtime ritual. It was a comfort.
As I have moved through life, I have developed other rituals. Some are daily and some are event related.
I wash my hands immediately before and immediately after a funeral. No, no one else in my family has ever done this. Nor do I understand why I do it. Only that I must.
Some are sort of common sense issues... checking the house before going to bed... are the doors locked? Is everything turned off that should be?
I tell myself we all do them, even if we don't think of them as rituals or habit.
I have a new home, new partner, new town, and a bright new life.
I can see my new rituals developing.
I know exactly how week days start and will start
each time... the good -bye kiss, I stand in the door and wave and watch until his truck is no longer in sight... then I lock the security door, lock the front door and check all the other doors. Then I pour a cup of coffee and take it to the back patio... rain or shine and probably cold and snow eventually... I check the fence gate and sit down on the patio to enjoy the fresh air while I work a crossword puzzle to get my brain going. Once the brain is warmed up I make a list of the things that I will accomplish that day... and will return to it and cross things off as they are done.
Do you have any odd little rituals?
Or is it just me?