Take a break

June 25, 2013 

Summer time and the living is easy, right?

“Ray,” I said to my husband, “the 21st of June was the first day of summer and we have no plans for a vacation. Not even a mini one.”

His reply was, “Let’s just stay home this year. We have a large garden and I hate to leave all this.”

What?

I had dreams of sitting on the beach eating a pint of Cherry Garcia, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream named in honor of the late Jerry Garcia, lead singer and guitarist for the Grateful Dead, or going to the mountains and sitting on the balcony with a cup of Starbucks gazing at the mountains.

We owe it to ourselves to take a vacation. Vacations are a change of pace. Gentleness with ourselves and a time to rest and renew.

Ray said, “Renewal for me will be watching my tomatoes turn red, sleeping in my own bed and eating your cooking. You should feel good right here at home.

“The garden soil contains healthy bacterium that prompts your brain to release the ‘get happy’ serotonin. We also will have fresh produce right here. Our backyard is a great place to enjoy the summer – it’s good for your health! Being near nature improves both your physical and mental well-being.”

So all this spiel means no vacation, right?

Well, let’s put it this way: I will be on vacation even at home. I will not be cooking, nor will I do laundry or hoe the garden. I will be on strike!

I need a vacation.

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