I recently read an article about how to truly enjoy a vacation, and make it a real vacation, not working while you’re away from home. This, to a lot of us, is a Totally New Concept. We can’t seem to leave the cell phone/laptop/PDA behind. But for a vacation to be a real vacation, you must disengage from your regular life.
For the first time in a long time, my husband managed to disconnect from his job for a long weekend. He left the Blackberry at home, he stowed his laptop. He did keep the cell affixed to his hip, but that was at my request in case we needed to catch up with one another while we were engaged in separate activities. It was the relaxation that we both needed — him to get away from his job for a while and me to have his undivided attention.
And then of course we had to come home and reacquaint ourselves with reality. Which bites.
But things have a way of being serendipitous at times, even under the guise of inconvenience. Yesterday afternoon, moments after I got home from work, an auto accident the next block up from my house resulted in traffic being rerouted through my neighborhood. A semi came down our side street and caught the wires for the phone, cable, and Internet that are attached to our house, pulling them down. Of course the semi never stopped. But what he left in his wake was a house that was disconnected from communicating with the outside world.
Besides the damage done to the cable/phone box and the downspout and guttering on the house, you’d think we’d be upset at being unable to call, fax, and email. But strangely, no. Had this happened any other time, rather than so soon following our time off, we’d probably have freaked out and gnashed our teeth and rended our garments. For about five minutes we fretted, and then a strange calm came over us. We weren’t on the hook to contact or reply to anyone last night. It was like an extra day of vacation.
I wish I could say we used the time wisely and got to bed early for once, but my husband and I sat up and talked and didn’t turn out the light until very late.