Crisp Sheets, Soft Pillows and Fresh Towels
Posted May 23, 2008on:
I’m staying in a hotel (alone!) for a few days, while I visit my brother who’s been in the hospital. Even though it is decidedly not a vacation or a fancy hotel, I feel totally pampered. It’s easy to keep my room tidy because it’s just me and I didn’t bring a lot of stuff. I can indulge my internet addiction and the guilty pleasure of TV – uninterrupted! – and stay up as late as I want.
I’m in a very small city in New England whose heyday – as a mill town – was more than 50 years ago. My hotel is in an industrial park and four of the eight vehicles parked outside are motorcycles. My refrigerator was making a loud ticking noise (I changed rooms), the shower head is wobbling in the wall, and tonight my keycard didn’t work, but who cares!
I miss my family, but wow, it feels so good to change my routine and get some distance from all the things that make me crazy (even as I realize how trivial some of them are). The last time I went away for a couple of days I decided to start this blog, and came home determined to make some changes in my life, and I feel like I’ve made a pretty good run at it so far.
I hope inspiration strikes again on this trip, but in the meantime, I’ll just enjoy having someone else make the bed and clean the bathroom and luxuriate in a little order, serenity and peace of mind.