I’m a few days into my return to work after an enchanting vacation with my family. This was like none other in that there was not much to do other than nothing. Not much sight-seeing beyond this stunning scenery, no touring, no itinerary. Just the garden-variety, outdoorsy activities that everyone should stop and do with their children, a little swimming, splashing, and nature-walking. Sleeping until my body woke me up rather than an alarm clock. Eating a good dinner followed by dessert every night. Playing board games and having laughs. Finishing the first book I’ve read in three years.
And now here I sit at work, plowing my way through about 350 emails, and yet, I am oddly calm. I wake up early and rested and eager to come to work. I take time with my students. I’m quick to laugh with my children. This trip slowed everything down. How long will this last?
To take this vacation and carry a piece of it with me for as long as I can, that is the trick.