I’ve been spoiled over the past number of years. I arise, feed the dogs, make breakfast, chat with K before she leaves for work, and then I relax with my second cup of coffee before I start my day. I usually put in a full day, but I love the gentle starts, the morning commute and rat race long since forgotten, and then we move to this small island.
Living here is a boon and a blessing, except when I have to go to the city. Every once in a while a trip is necessary. The ferry schedule is geared for the folks who work in the city, so if you want to get there early, you have to get your sorry butt out of the bed and compete for a spot on the earlier boats. Yesterday was just such a day. Man, am I ever out of shape for the early morning commutes.
K was having way too much fun at my expense as she hustled me out the door. “Have a good day at school,” she called as I ran for the car.
“Woman, it is cruel to tease the elderly.” That just brought more laughter.
I hurried down to the docks and settled in to play the “hurry up and wait” game, but was there in time to guarantee a spot on the boat. The ferry ride was uneventful, but I did notice something. The post-holiday effect was beginning to show.
The pre-holiday syndrome is stress. You see it everywhere just before the holidays, large crowds of stressed out, unhappy people. Everyone trying to live up to the unreasonable expectations foisted upon them by the advertising media.
Post-holiday is just the opposite, smaller groups of people, more personal space, and a sense of relief in the air. Folks have come through the hustle and bustle of yet another holiday and survived. Their lives are slipping back into familiar patterns, body postures are more relaxed, and smiles come easily to their faces. Everywhere I went it was the same, smiling people, lighter traffic, lots of parking spaces, and best of all, the line-up at the coffee shop was shorter.
Please don’t misunderstand, I love my family and friends, and I love spending time with them, but trying to jam all those visits into such a short span of time did wear on me a bit. So, now that the whirlwind is over, here am I with my happy face on.
So, now that all the hustle and bustle is over for another year, are you sad, relieved, or both?