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Half A World Away

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Half a world away, at my parents’ house, there is no microwave, no answering machine, no computer, and no WiFi. All electric appliances are unplugged immediately after use and you never leave the house while the washer or dryer are running. While this is certainly not typical for all my landsmen and -women, this is how my folks chose to live their life.

Half a world away, unable to check e-mail or do other computer related activities, which we have all become so accustomed to on a daily basis, we had no choice but to settle into a simpler kind of life.

Half a world away the kids certainly were not happy without Facebook and e-mail, but made the best of it. Daytimes were filled with outings and visits and during their down time they watched DVDs, read, and had actual conversations.

Half a world away, life is incredibly structured. Meal times are set in stone. Morning activities are planned so the lunchtime destination is reached by latest 13:30 in order to insure a proper meal.

Half a world away the craziness that is my life in the US started slipping away. This forced upon routine was relaxing and soothing. This was definitely a trip back to my roots. As always, a trip that left me feeling grounded and energized.

Half a world away my injured back had a chance to recover. I’ve been pain free for almost two weeks. I’m planning on slowly increasing my exercise over the next couple of weeks.

Tomorrow it’s back to work for me, back to long stressful hours, back to worrying about bills, my teenager, my life.

My batteries are recharged; goal is to hold on to the tranquility as long as possible. Our vacation was wonderful, half a world away.
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    I miss the family dinners with parents and my younger sister when I was in high school and home from college and the card games of Rummy we'd play and the TV we'd watch together. Yes, simple times, but enjoyable. Sigh. Glad your back feels better. -- Lou
    2160 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Sounds like a wonderful place to have been to recharge! Welcome back home!
    2161 days ago
    I like ownsmallclothes perspective. I understand sometimes we might miss the old way, right? I know how that feels I get that way too. Glad your back is feeling better too. Take care emoticon
    2162 days ago
    Welcome home. Glad to hear everything went well.
    2162 days ago
    Forced downtime is a good thing. Welcome back.
    2162 days ago
  • JULAA68
    Glad you had a safe trip. Those trips back home are so wonderful, the peacefulness of life comes back in. Hope you keep some of your new found zen for a long time.
    2162 days ago
    Glad you had a good trip - and got recharged

    Also your back is better - now back to the "real" world"

    Welcome back :)

    2162 days ago
    You have a lot of judgements about there good, here bad. What is here is that which is there if you drop the labels and become present.
    Your life is wonderful no matter what the story is at the time
    2162 days ago
    So glad you had a chance to regroup and get back to your roots. Sometimes those choices aren't bad just not ours....but it is nice not to have to worry for just a bit. Now your home but don't let worry invade your mind. Breathe my friend.
    2162 days ago
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