Seeking Some Solitude

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

May is about as busy as December for a family with children in school. The end of the school year fills our calendar with field trips, concerts, talent shows and award ceremonies. I think it is the school’s way to prepare us for the return of busy summer days. When I finally gave the “back-pack mail” a thorough rereading, I discovered that I had scheduled an appointment at the same time as my son’s wax museum presentation and had planned to transport KH to her field trip a full one week before it was to happen. I need a mental refresher for this week’s challenge:

Give yourself one hour of solitude this week.

It seems weird to schedule solitude, but that may be required to actually meet this challenge. Solitude is the state or quality of being alone or remote from others. I just finished reading Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen, an interesting novel in which the main character’s famous sister voices a serious “Oops” remark on the air of the morning television show she hosts. She copes by retreating into seclusion in Jamaica.

Her solitary time is a luxury, and it isn’t practical for most of us. But similar to her time away to rethink her surroundings, I need regular time alone to regroup and ponder. So, I propose to find one hour away from the computer and Internet connection, one hour away from being available, one hour away from outside distractions, and most importantly, one hour away from my other goals and got-to-do lists.

I’ll take the challenge and write about it next Tuesday, May 20th. Do you want Try It With Me?


Have you had any opportunities to read to or with someone, yet, for the May Reading Challenge? Although bedtime stories are no longer part of the regular routine with my independent reader children, I surprised my youngest with two impromptu “read togethers” of her almost-forgotten picture books. I especially liked The Quiltmaker’s Gift.

Two more weeks to Try It With Me. . .

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