i took a little trip yesterday. there was no need to organize a wardrobe or pull the suitcases out of the garage. there were no tickets to buy or itinerary to plan.
the dogs did not need to be boarded (they were ecstatic at the news), and i did not have to cancel the paper or mail delivery. i did not have to leave emergency numbers with the neighbors or arrange to have the houseplants and garden watered in my absence.
the departure gates were unmarked, but if you had been there, I’m sure you would have seen them too. there were attendants to answer questions and offer assistance should you require it, but for the most part they stood silently apart from the voyagers, silently observing the passage of time.
and during this trip, there were plenty of photo opportunities–the guides making it their duty to advise and direct your attention to this monument or that vista–and as far as i could tell, most everyone took advantage of their excellent suggestions.
as it happens on trips such as this one, i returned home refreshed, rejuvenated, prepared to face what the rest of my life (even if i was only focused on the day ahead) had in store for me.