The Joy of Doing Nothing: Hello Spring Break!

Spring Break knitting on a Monday morning.

SpringBreakKnitting

As some of my students relax on different islands in the Caribbean and in Mexico, I have started my quest to do nothing at home this spring break. Many of my first and second graders inquired about my travel plans.

Here is how the conversation went:

“Where are you traveling to Ms. Pollard?” I am traveling to [hometown]. 

“You can’t travel there. That is where you live!” Exactly! I am traveling to my home. 

“What are you going to do?” I plan on doing nothing, zero, absolutely nothing! If I knit, that is doing nothing; if I read, that is doing nothing; and if watch my Roku, that is doing nothing. Oh, and the one thing I will do is talk to adults because I need to use bigger words this week.”

So, here is my first “nothing” activity: a golden slouchy hat. It has been awhile since I started a knitting project. I usually the energy or focus after spending my day teaching. That is why this feels so good. It is a moment for me to sit back, relax, and have unscheduled time. 

How do you slow down and unwind during your vacation?

 

 

Photos: Blizzard Jonas 2016

The snow is melting, but these images remain. My favorite is the bird on the branch. During the height of the storm, she remained on the branch sleeping, breathing gently.

I don’t know why I thought it was a “she.” Maybe I related to her resilience. She found her spot on the inner part of the branch. There she stayed as the storm gained strength.

 

 

 

 

The Older I Get, I Need to Be Still

Picture with quote about doing nothing the older I get
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Good evening everyone.

Moments of clarity come when you least expect them. I work with young children, so those moments often come at school. When I returned from winter break, my students had many questions about my vacation. They would ask me what I did or where I traveled. (The students I work with have traveled frequently and visited locations I have only experienced as an adult. Their normal is traveling during vacation breaks.) My answer would always be: 

  1. I did nothing;
  2. I traveled to [my hometown]. 

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Blizzard Views: Jonas 2016

Before the shoveling,

Before the snowblowing,

Before almost falling trying to clean off my Jeep Wrangler,

There was the peaceful beauty of falling snow…

Views from Blizzard Jonas

Blizzard 2016
Tree, Blizzard NJ 2016

 

Blizzard 2016
View from my window, Blizzard NJ 2016

 

Blizzard 2016
Looking Beyond my Porch, Blizzard NJ 2016