I ask because I care. I ask because I know what it feels like to be under the gun. Right now, in fact, I'm mildly convinced that I've contracted mono, or Lyme disease, or some other energy-sucking illness, but it's likely just the byproduct of having three young kids and juggling extensive end-of-the-semester grading.
The finish line is in sight, but there's still some distance to travel.
Yesterday, I finally took the advice that I've been giving to my students. Make sure that you take good care of yourself. This is hard stretch of the semester. Get some rest so you can finish strong.
I made my afternoon as easy as possible. After my daughter's dance class, I picked up a pizza instead of rushing home to cook. In fact, I didn't even return home. Instead, almost as if the van piloted itself, we ended up at local park where the girls and I ate our pizza slices off of napkins that I found in van's glove compartment.
After cleaning up remnants of half-eaten crust, I stretched out on a picnic table bench, squinting into the sunshine as the girls played tag on the playground. Although such a simple deviation from the norm -- just changed dinner plans and an impromptu visit to the park -- breaking free from my regular routine made me believe that I could carry on, that I could make it.
For a while, I stopped thinking about the essays waiting on my dining room table and the emails in my inbox. I relinquished the mental gymnastics of planning and plotting how I was going to tackle the items on my to-do-list and calendar.
Instead, I attempted to meld into that bench and blend into my surroundings, which lasted roughly two minutes before my daughters noticed that I had gotten comfortable and invited me to join their round of fish-out-of-water tag.
I played that, too. It's a hard stretch of the semester, after all. It's important to get some rest -- even in the form of pizza, park benches, and tag -- and finish strong.
Image compliments of Shea Donato (Flickr.com)
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