Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hello there, friend,

A few years ago, we were both part of the habit blog, a space that invited women to share a photograph and a short snippet, only thirty-six words. I found that to be a frustrating constraint, those thirty-six words, as both a participant and a reader. What can you say in such a short time? The quick and dirty answer: not much. The writing felt vague and it made me uneasy. What was shared there was often haunting and beautiful, but I wanted more.

So when we started this project, we put very few constraints on it. Post a photograph and a letter. Write whatever you want. Be as vague or as specific as you dare. To me, it's just as tricky as navigating those thirty-six words. Sometimes I sit down to write you and I'm at a loss for what to say.

When I feel that way, I know it's time to get up and change the scenery. It's time for a new perspective, which always means getting up and out of wherever I am, physically and emotionally. So when you say that you put everything aside to go enjoy the nice weather, I nod emphatically. It can be so absolutely necessary to say no to the to-do list and yes to yourself, however that might look. For me, today, it's about getting away from my work and my desk and spending some time with my family. We'll get a donut and coffee, maybe shop for school supplies. We won't be here at home, and I hope to return fresh and ready to go.