Tuesday, October 5, 2010

seclude yourself

in the span of 50 minutes yesterday afternoon, i picked up girl #1 from school / hopped back in the car to fetch girl #2 from school / shuttled them both to #2's ballet class / started to walk #1 over to the dentist while #2 was pirouetting / found that #1 had just eaten a load of candy corn / zipped back home with #1 with instructions to brush teeth three times / flew back with girl #1 to the dentist / skidded into a parking spot on the side street / fed the meter / didn't work / swore / backed up one space / flew out of the car / fed the new meter / looked up /

and was greeted by this.

source-of-life-bittersweet-floral

(bittersweet floral & design, 9th & new hampshire)

freeze pause. really had to think about the last time i did this. not just a little walk out and about around town, but a complete retreat into the wilderness - the kind where phones and planes and cars and appointments and twitter and e-mail and everything else extraneous falls away. places for really deep thoughts. for me, it was a hike on enchanted rock in texas back in june - what about you? do you have a favorite spot in nature for "restoring your link"?

28 comments:

Jeannine said...

I recharge by walking out the door to my backyard. Even though it's only two steps from the house, it really is like walking through a portal of the mind. I'm instantly relaxed and listen to the birds, watch the squirrels tumble about, and listen to the wind in the trees. It really does make a difference.

Jane said...

I love when I see a sign like this. There is a lake in New Hampshire that I used to take my kids to every summer when I was a single mother. Everything about our time there was priceless. No phones. No TV. No computer. Just a little cabin and dock where we would rest for hours looking at the water and have late night swims. That's where I let my mind take me when I need to get back to nature.

Lisa said...

how cool! what a day...and I can so relate.

I adore Brown County State Park...my nature home away from home. Of course, most any part of Bloomington is only a short walk away from a secluded trail. I just need to remind myself to take it! (Thank you)

Paper Squid said...

Thankfully I live in a great area with beautiful trees and it's very nice for walking. Unfortunately I haven't taken advantage of this in a while! I think it's time I do. It's amazing how it really does recharge someone. But soon I think a trip to a cabin somewhere away from the computer (which I should just marry already since I spend so much time with it) will be even better. What a really cool sign.

BT said...

What a superb sign. I've never seen anything like it in the UK or Ireland. I walk to our local lake or just around the garden - it works a treat.

Dawn D. Sokol said...

Since I'm not particularly fond of the desert, I have to go many miles to find the restorative link. That is in Washington state at Fort Worden on the Olympic Peninsula. LOVE that place. Fortunately, I'm going there for Journalfest in three weeks and CANNOT wait. It is what I need to recharge.

Chel said...

I'm another "recharge in the backyard" kinda girl. There's not much undeveloped land on the tiny island I live- our wilderness is the water we are all surrounded by. So I sit on the swing on the lanai, look at my little container garden, and watch the birds swoop down on the bay behind my house and the fish jump for joy at the sun. It puts everything into perspective. :)

Christy said...

Thank you for the reminder.

Amanda May said...

It's been way too long for me, though I did spend last friday standing out in a field (it happened to be pouring rain and whipping wind, so the relaxation part was not so strong). I really need to take a good walk - thanks for the reminder!

la ninja said...

my link is unrestorable, hun.
oh yeah, and nature is for pussies :P

tulpen said...

Right now am sporting a nasty head cold whilst entertaining an energetic three year old. I would like to be recharging in my BED.

Candied Fabrics said...

Ahhh...sounds like that sign was a great help to a day that sounds oh so familiar! Although I don't spend a lot of time consciously removing myself from my electronic world...I do like to sometimes revel in the flowers that bloom in my yard - which I've been doing these past few days as the hideous heat has finally left us...for now...

Everything's Rosie said...

"Diary of a mad housewife" (we used to call this day 'in my day.')

Perfect signage for you that day.

cindy said...

love the sign and how you came upon it. a public garden works for me. camping, not so much. i need my juice (electricity), or rather my hair does ;).

Karen Blados said...

anywhere i can draw or take pictures uninterrupted ... might be the backyard or the kitchen or the zoo. wherever i can get into the zone and forget about everything around me but what i'm creating.

thanks for the reminder.

thirdborndaughter said...

I just got back from an over night trip to the ocean beaches of the Washington coast. Just me and my dog and the waves and the wind. I came back with my heart full and my head creating in ways I had never thought I would. I absolutely recommend refilling in what ever way expands your consciousness (or shuts it down entirely!)Peace, annie

LuckyDog said...

How perfect! And so true.

la ninja said...

for the record, I was kidding :)

The Original Drama Mama said...

How funny: that sign was just the reminder you needed.

Last month we got to stay for a weekend at a lighthouse in Two Rivers WI, off the coast of Lake Michigan. No cell phone reception ;)
It was exhilarating and peaceful! I snuck out at 5am to walk the beach and watch the sun rise...my family came looking for me a little before 8 (I got a bit too relaxed, I guess!) Here is a link to a photobook I made of the trip:
http://theoriginaldramamama.shutterfly.com/1151
As for the everyday, we live in a county that has A LOT of forest preserves. I feel so lucky to be able to "get away" at a moment's notice. Now that it is fall, the husband and I take the girls and explore a different forest each week!

Lori said...

Your post is so funny. Makes me think I should take my dogs for a walk right now (since there is a tiny glimpse of sun...)

xoxo

susan in seattle said...

We are lucky to have a beach house on Puget Sound that's overlooking the water and also in a woodsy setting. It's a wonderful place year-round to get away from the big city. It's called Spee-bi-dah which in the native language means 'place of happy children'. It's a mile long stretch of beach with shallow bay so in the summer the water is actually warm enough to swim all day! Most of the time there's hardly anybody else around, so it's a perfect place for seclusion!

Gina Lento said...

I just posted something similar on my blog about things I am grateful for, similar to the thought in your blog. Sometimes we have to take the time to enjoy just being alive.

Bella Sinclair said...

Yes, it's called Artsyville.

Ooops, sorry. artsyville.

freebird said...

Your day sounds just like my daughter's days. I'm sure you can add the s to day also. I don't know how you do it. My daughter is creative like you and I really truly don't know how you get the kids through the days much less do the artwork. Kudos to you young, modern mothers!

meg duerksen said...

this morning my phone rang at 6:30 AM and it was a wrong number. UGH. i was then lying awake in the dark. and after about one minute i thought "i should check my email" and the 2 seconds later thought "Oh man....i need a break from the computer if it's the first thing i think about in the dark at 630 AM." i have a problem.
so.....long story short....it's been WAY too long.
:)

Jennifer said...

This has completely inspired me to get a chalkboard and put it on my front porch and leave funny wonderful quotes and notes ... I have tons of bumper stickers, including one that says Don't Postpone Joy and another, I Believe in the Possibility of Everything, and I love sitting in my dining room and watching popele walk by and stare at my car, clearly reading them.

You, always, rock my day! ;-)

AG Ambroult said...

Oh boy, had a similar day recently, but was nit graced with a mind altering signl or maybe I wasn't open to seeing it? Rock climbing is my link. Me and the rock and a series of tiny little problems to be solved, one after the other. It like doing a physical puzzle out in the woods. (ok, my husband is there to keep me on belay so I don't die, too).

peggyfussell said...

Sigh.... I do need a dose of nature but bad. Its been qite busy around here! Cylburn Arboretum is my spot of choice.