We made a deal, my husband and I. No television, internet, email, ipod or anything electronic for an entire day—yesterday. That was Saturday and I had a great time, I did use my car to drive to the library and the grocery story, but that enabled me to check out some books and replenish our pantry.
It was a day for reading and fussing over a home-cooked meal.
I took a walk, refusing to wear a watch because what did it matter what time it was. I had no place I had to go. No particular plans. I sat and day dreamed planning out some stories I’d like to write. Playing with ideas in my head of how best to create a story I’ve been thinking about.
I did work on some writing—in long hand. It was not a hardship because I always choose paper and pen when I want to deliberately be thoughtful about the words I choose. I was working on the October Editor’s letter for What’s Up ? Annapolis and What’s Up? Eastern Shore, a challenge because I’m still in June.
How will I be feeling in October? What will be happening then and what will other people be doing and thinking about? I know what October looks like, the colors of fall, but I won’t know what will be happening in politics. It will be after the Democratic and Republican conventions. The campaigning will be in full swing. Maybe they’ll be an outrageous scandal or a wonderful invention will hit the street – a break through fuel that liberates us from our dependence on gasoline. How will I know about these things if I don’t listen to the radio, plug into the internet, or start text messaging my friends? It’s not practical to be unplugged for more than a day, but oh what a glorious day!