Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Taking a Break

Today is day 2 of the March Slice of Life Challenge.  Please visit the Two Writing Teachers and read other Slice of Life stories.



"You should take Mom away for the weekend, Dad.  She's been really stressed lately."

These words came from our son, Zach, early Saturday morning.  Was he joking?  Did he just want us out of the house or did he really sense my anxiety?

The excuses popped up immediately.

There's too much to do...
We need to...
We should...

But I had hit a wall.  Would a break help?

At 11:00, my husband announced, "Pack up.  We're heading north."  He had booked a hotel at Lake Erie.

The water always beckons us.  It invites us to slow down, to quiet ourselves. The lapping of the waves soothes us.  It is here that we unwind and forget the craziness for just a bit.

And that's what we did.  We threw clothes in a bag and were on the road by 11:20.

We took 24 hours to recharge.

           We walked along the lake hand in hand.

                                       We  watched the clouds float by.

                                                         We lingered as the waves crashed against the shore.




It was what we needed.








12 comments:

  1. So happy that you had a chance to relax and recharge, Julie! I read this post wistfully... :)

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  3. Lovely! It always seems so hard to take a break but your post shows that it is not only possible, but vital!

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  4. Wow- that moment when our children offer us advice... Glad you got some time to breathe and recharge.

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  5. Wow- that moment when our children offer us advice... Glad you got some time to breathe and recharge.

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  6. I totally understand. What a great break from the stress, Julie. This piece is wonderful. Do you want to include it in the Winter Wanderings' Gallery? DM if yes.

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  7. Good for Zack - he saw what needed to be done. The photographs look lovely, and I could picture you walking around, hand in hand.

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  8. Good for Zack - he saw what needed to be done. The photographs look lovely, and I could picture you walking around, hand in hand.

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  9. So glad you were able to get away and recharge. Happy Writing!

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  10. We don't do this enough. Your words and photos reminded me why we should!

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  11. Just reading this makes me feel relaxed. What a perfect get away! I think I want to pack my bags and do the same. The last few weeks have been crazy busy.

    Cathy

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  12. I love your post and your recognition that we all need a break to refresh our minds and our souls. The pictures add so much to the story and draw me in, giving me a mini-break as I read during my lunch!

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