Two-hour vacation


Yesterday I played hooky. I got away from the computer for the entire day, without an accusing blinking cursor with ten feet of me.

OK, well, part of the day was getting done things you have to get done, like laundry and taking my car for emissions testing, but the other part was spent among the fully-blooming crab apple trees at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


It’s one of my favorite times of year there, if not my very favorite, with an entire arching pathway covered in bursts of blossoms. Yesterday there were cloudless blue skies and hot, bright sunshine. Yesterday the winter faded entirely, superseded by the explosion of life that is spring.

Fat fuzzy bees danced excitedly from tree to tree, and I just watched them, not even bothering to try to capture them with my lens. Little birds drank the flowers’ nectar, and in among the branches, stood sturdy nests.

I got groceries and put them away and hung up the wet stuff that doesn’t go in the dryer to dry, but right there, in the middle of the day, it was like I went away to somewhere else entirely.

And it was just what I needed.

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6 thoughts on “Two-hour vacation

  1. That would have been a great day for anyone seeing all those wonderful blossoms and the bees buzzing. We just never spend enough time in nature doing natural things. Just gorgeous. Glad you feel renewed. We received glorious rain today. Everything I planted in the ground and in pots now has a healthy drink. Including the tools I left outside trusting the forecaster calling for cloudy and dry. 🙂 Have a wonderfilled weekend ahead/

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  2. Nice. I never made it to the Botanical Garden, but I’ve been to the Arboretum in … Lombard maybe? Someplace out that way. I’m currently looking forward to putting the digital world behind me for a bit.

    Today is my Friday, and I’ll be AFK for the next 4 days, so I’m tagging my MAYking it work comment here: I have decided that the play I wrote years ago shall turn into a story. I don’t know yet how to start it (a play just begins with the curtain rising!) but I already started writing a scene from the middle. It’s actually fun!

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