Life in Progress: A weblog by Heidi Price
12/12/2006

I did nothing......

..and it was everything I thought it could be.

~ From one of my favorite movies, "Office Space"

On Friday afternoon, we left for a cabin at Black Moshannon State Park in Centre County. It had been his idea, this getaway. A woman we volunteered with a few months back talked about getting away to a cabin for a few days to meditate and the notion stayed with him.

It was about a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh and we arrived late in the afternoon. I didn't know what to expect. I had never been to a cabin and my one night spent camping in the wilderness in high school ended badly (more on that later.)

The cabin was beautiful and cozy, but there was no television, no wireless, no cell phone reception. I had to admit, initially I felt a bit nervous.

It was fine. It was more than fine. For the next four days, we didn't do much of anything. We read for hours on end. He finished "The Road to Wellville" and started a new book, "Rocket City". I finished "Barrel Fever", a collection I know believe to be the best sample of David Sedaris essays and stories ever bound. I started "Mountains beyond Mountains" a true story of a doctor in Haiti that a coworker lent me.

We hiked, talked, took naps and played frisbee golf, making up our own course through the pavilion near our cabin. Not one thing we did felt harried or rushed. On our second or third day, I forget, he commented that it was the first day in a really long time that he had not driven his car anywhere.

On the last day I felt sad, near-tears sad. I didn't want to leave. My one consolation is we both made a vow before we left to do more of this. We hope to come back in February, maybe for his birthday weekend. Even better, we vowed to have more do-nothing days at home; less running around and craziness.

I'd tell you more but I've got to go now. I've got work to do.

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