"So what were you doing outside," she asked,

when I called?"

I might have truthfully answered:

"Showing up," or

"Being present," or

"Getting honest," or

"Unrepressing," or

"Worshiping God," or

"Adoring the Goddess," or

"Owning my right to be," or

"Existing as a child of Mother Nature," or

"Participating in the universe," or

"Contemplating matrimony, et al."

But these might have called for an explanation,

so I opted for lying instead, and answered:

"Oh, just sitting..."