Dear cherished readers:
My semester is wrapping up, and as much as I want to post and discuss throughout the summer, I think it is time to take a break.
As those who have been reading regularly will know, my husband and I have just bought a new home. The next few months will be consumed by packing, moving, hiring contractors, painting, and so forth. I could probably fit some blogging in around that, but I’ve decided not to, for a couple of reasons.
The first is that, as I discovered the summer we were planning our wedding, big projects are a lot less stressful if they are the whole focus of your life. If the ONLY thing you have to do is settle into your new home, then settling into your new home will probably be pretty fun, regardless of the frustrations it brings with it.
Also, I am going to try an experiment. Since I was old enough to use language, I have invested an awful lot of time and energy in my brain, and not nearly enough in my body. This summer will require me to use my body to move, paint, build, walk around a new neighbourhood, and maybe even garden. So I’m thinking I’d like to give my brain a break. Read a few mystery novels, sure. Have long conversations with friends. Otherwise, I’m going to lift and stretch and run and dig and jump, and let my brain take long naps.
I hope by giving myself this break, I will return to you in August refreshed, full of new ideas, and ready to reply more reliably to your comments. And you never know: I may poke my head up time to time during the summer months if something inspires or outrages me.
Thank you all for your insightful, dedicated, articulate responses to post after post. I love keeping this blog because I love your contributions. I will be back in early August, if not before, and will be looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures and your plans for the coming year! In the meantime, I hope that you will browse the archives when you are feeling the need for teacherly conversation, and I will certainly respond to your comments on old posts whenever I can.
Have a wonderful summer! Good luck, good health, and keep in touch.