A Summer Sabbatical

Posted On: 06.17.13



I think it is the single most important thing when it comes to making decisions – in life, in love, in parenting. I believe it is the compass that leads us where we should go. Yes, should. A word I sometimes hate, but not in this case.

My instinct is to slow down, and to step away from this place. Not forever, but for now. For the summer. My instinct is to live my moments without packaging them for a post, to spend more hours frolicking in the natural world than in the online one. My instinct is to rediscover who I am without this cherished corner, without this beloved security blanket.

My instinct is to honor my quasi-Luddite Dad who left us almost five years ago. To stop being a Hot House Tomato and get out there in the world and commune with humans and nature and get my toes muddy. My instinct is to be a bit more old-fashioned, to have conversations over coffee instead of over the keyboard.

My instinct is to squint into the sky instead of into the screen.

Yesterday was Father’s Day. I woke up with the girls and let my guy sleep in. Typical morning stuff ensued – cartoons and milk boxes and pajama dancing. But one thing was off; the Internet. For the first time in years, our connection was down. I wish I could tell you that I shrugged my shoulders and surrendered gracefully to this fitting fate. (My mind went immediately to Dad, to the rumble of his irreverent laughter, and I mused that he orchestrated this folly somehow.)

Truth be told, there was little grace on my end. I fiddled with the settings on my laptop. I unplugged modems and routers. I swore under my breath. And then, finally, I flipped close my computer and joined my girls in the garden. That’s when I decided that this is right. To take some time.

This might be hard. I imagine it will be. It will probably feel like torture, at least temporarily. But if it does (oh and it will) that will affirm for me, again, that this is right, and needed.

I will miss you and your words and I hope you will miss me and mine. But I will be back in September with more stories than I know what to do with. In the meantime, do follow me on Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, too. I know better than to cut myself off completely and these places are less time-consuming and have become quite dear to me.

I hope your Popsicle Days are as sweet as can be. And that you, too, follow your instincts wherever they take you in the coming months.

xoxo, ADR
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14 Comments for: "A Summer Sabbatical"
  1. Enjoy your time off. Love to you!

  2. Breaks are such a blessing. You’ll love the time off and I hope it is energizing for you. Happy summer!

  3. Have a excellent summer with your family. Toes in the grass…face to the sun! Enjoy!

  4. I think summer is the perfect time for you to get your toes muddy… excited for when you return! xox

  5. Jessica

    Breaks are always needed! I will miss reading your blog every morning when I get to work. It really is the highlight of my morning! Take care, Aidan.

  6. Enjoy, Aidan! Stepping away rejuvenates perspective. Will miss you, but know that you will be soaking in goodness. xoxo

  7. Jess

    Good for you :)! Following your instinct will always lead you in the right direction. I meant to write to your post the other day too, the day you got lost in the Ramble. Sounded like a perfect, instinctively right day for you. After reading that this didn’t surprise me at all – sounds wonderful. Have a great summer! I will miss your words but it will be good, make me pick up the phone more often! xoxo

  8. “My instinct is to squint into the sky instead of into the screen.”
    Love this. Perfection. Go do that and come back with so much more to write about… xoxo

  9. Lindsey

    A friend of mine shared this Chicago Tribune column from 1999 and it reminded me of your summer break. Thought you might enjoy. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-06-01/features/9906010001_1_jar-summer-days-nights

  10. Julia Masi

    It is much more important to make memories with your daughters than anything else in the (virtual or natural) world. We will be waiting when school starts to hear about what you did over summer vacation.

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