Sunday, November 8, 2009

taking a break gets out of control

It was springtime some eleven years ago, and I had just been assigned to start a horticulture program in the fall. I decided to take a break from haircuts while on summer break. Eleven years later I have developed a program, but have only cut my hair twice. On 8/25/09 I announced that I was taking a break from the blog, now the first quarter of the school year is about to end...

Maybe I would have to admit my lack of passion for gardening at home. Spring is when I love gardening. The return of colors to a Pennsylvania landscape rich in grayish browns. The sun, the colors, the emergence of life draws me outside. This year, not only the heat of summer but the tiredness of Lyme disease kept me inside.

Then there was the rain. The rain. The rain. It has been a bit wet here and when it was no longer too hot, it rained many a weekend.

But mostly it was a greater passion. The day after the 25th I went on my annual 8 day silent retreat with Jesuits. I emerged with a desire to spend time in my stained glass studio ( a small but sacred place in my house). So since September, I have been trying to be there as much as possible. Prepping for my physics and zoology classes, stained glass, and time with my wife have ruled over the home garden. It would be a lie to say I have done no gardening. It would be the truth to say the garden has never been such a mess.

At school I have gardened. But maybe my lack of gardening at home made me feel unworthy of writing a garden blog post. So there are things to blog about here, and this blog is not about my home garden. Horticulture at Pathway has been happening at the school.


Do you have a hard time getting back to something if you take a break?

6 comments:

tina said...

Sometimes it takes me a while to get back to something after a break. We all have to prioritize and I for one am glad gardens can wait.

Kylee from Our Little Acre said...

Wayne, I absolutely understand where you're coming from! It would scare me to make a list of all the times the break turned into abandonment. I've decided I'm more of an idea person than the one to implement them. But this isn't about me, it's about you, and I'm glad you're back!!! Carry on, my friend.

Susan Morrison said...

Welcome back! Was so pleased to see you had a new post when I checked my Google reader this morning.

No need to apologize, breaks are good things. I'd rather someone blog less often, but thoughtfully, than stick to some predetermined schedule. I've been blogging about a year and a half and been thinking I may need a break soon myself. After a while it can stop feeling like fun and instead seem like another chore to check off your to do list.

walk2write said...

I've missed you, Mr. Stratz, and I'm glad you're back! I take periodic little breaks from the blog, and it seems to help me regain enthusiasm. You know, I do have a hard time getting back to paid employment after taking a break to finish a degree and following SAM to another state and then back again. Unfortunately, there aren't many options available to end this unpaid sabbatical, and it's getting a little tiresome now, not having a steady income. We're trying to stretch the savings by starting a very small business, and I'm afraid something might snap one of these days. Consider yourself very blessed to have a regular job and one that you enjoy at that.

Pomona Belvedere said...

Hello Wayne, Looks as if you and I have been taking breaks in the same period of time, for similar reasons. Sometimes life just demands that we go into dormancy, so we can live to sprout again. I think we need to tune into forces bigger than we are for that to happen (easier said than done in the case of humans; we've got a lot to learn from plants).

Wayne Stratz said...

ALL--thanks for the kind welcome back.