So far it looks as though the WiFi connection isn’t going to be much used! Verizon Jetpack is really iffy too. I miss reading my blogs, but I loved just curling up with my book until I felt sleepy, then drifting off, surrounded by my kids, in Floribunda while parked in a fir / pine grove. I would imagine that the park will fill up today with Labor Day visitors. There are several activities planned for the weekend here in the park; of course I’ll participate in the gatherings, but now that I’m on my own I can retreat to my cocoon whenever I want.
That said, I’ve always been a gregarious extrovert who loves (should I say 'loved'?) people and interaction all day long. I remember reading a book by William Buckley, Cruising Speed, many years ago, in which he described his idea of how to utilize / enjoy time away from the rigors of everyday life. It wasn’t sitting and contemplating his navel as the saying goes. It was traveling, sailing, doing, doing, and doing. I think I drove my husband to distraction sometimes with my need to be around people, the more the merrier. He built his career in sales and marketing in the data processing industry, his professional life was literally ‘encapsulated’ by interactions and people all week long. He often wanted nothing more than to pass an entire weekend ‘puttering’ around the house and yard; I just couldn’t understand it! I was particularly baffled by his requests for family-style solitude when I did roust him out to a social function. Most often, what actually happened was that he became the life of the party; I know now that he was most likely just reverting to his career persona – not really feeling the relaxed sensation of a day off.
My guess is that, at a time when my contemporaries were in the college and their early career years, I was a wife and mother of three kids. For me education and outside career came later. In those years I felt, during the week, that I was kind of cloistered with the kids in the house; partially because there weren’t so many activities for moms, preschoolers and babies outside the house back in the 60s. I recall participating in the coffee-klatches in the neighborhood, often with a guilt feeling for not having washed the kitchen floor or finished the ironing before heading out for chitchat. Later I replaced those chitchats with college and studying; by the time I really settled into my educational endeavors I was somewhat older than my peers with a different set of obligations outside of studying.
This current desire to have much and frequent “downtime” began about 5 or so years ago. I continued to work and even go to school, but began relishing my ‘alone’ time. I still can’t do ‘nothing’ very well, but, wow, can I ever find lots to keep me interested and occupied. The peacefulness of life in Floribunda just adds to my pleasure. And, for all intents and purposes, I have more of a social life now than I’d had the last several years of my career. However, now I have so much more control over my social calendar and can program activities and alone time to my own liking.
This discussion wouldn’t be complete without a reference to how life, in general, has changed due to the prevalence of the Internet in our day-to-day lives. I was one of those kids and adults who loved school and learning. I’ve maybe developed, not into a wise old gal, but a trivia aficionado! I love surfing from site to site depending on what strikes my fancy at the time. I have lots of favorite sites and visit them with regularity – I’m even ‘taking’ a geography course and a grammar course online. Oh, how I would have loved having the escapism of the Internet when those three kids were napping!
Today is Friday, I’m in Prospect, Oregon and will take Lacy in Petunia for a drive around Crater Lake, giving ourselves yet another opportunity to see a magnificent display of natural order in the Universe.