A good friend and I were searching for a time to get together that suited us both. Being the holiday time of the year, trappings and trimmings are plentiful, but time is not. She suggested a date for the week after Christmas Day "when the dust has settled".
Nothing unusual about that idiomatic usage. We all know what she meant. When all is calm. When things return to normal. When the busyness of the holiday is quieted.
What is remarkable was her next sentence. "I wish for you a dusty day." What? On first blush that may seem like a pox rather than a gift. On this Fourth Day of Christmas, instead of Four Calling Birds, I've gotten my dusty day.
What a fine gift! A day of calm, order, and spaciousness, when the dust has gently settled. Just in time. Thank you my friend.
Has the dust settled in your home? If so, enjoy your dusty day. If not, wait. It soon will come. More quietly than Four Calling Birds so pay attention. One day soon, the world will wait for you, rather than the other way around.