Every 3 months or so I and my wife, the lovely and incomparable Laura Baron, go on a special trip together, just the two of us. The purpose is to reconnect away from all the daily distractions and day-to-day responsibilities. This last week we went to Old Town Alexandria, where we had a chance Saturday morning to go to the oldest, continuous farmer’s market in the USA. In this picture we are holding a bouquet of flowers we bought to take back to our room.
As you can see, we are wearing our winter jackets. The weekend started off cold. During our little away time, it turned warm and by Sunday everyone was out in t-shirts, shorts and sandals, playing volleyball in the parks and dogs were everywhere. Spring had sprung!
Laura made a point of putting down her smart phone on Friday night, not checking email or the news. By Saturday I had joined her because it was clear that I was lost on the grid while she was participating more fully in our away time.
So strong is the incessant pull of breaking news and all the many forces that make up a busy life, from contracts in motion to producers making changes to songs (Laura is a performing and recording artist – if you don’t know you can find her work at LauraBaronMusic.com).
It was a refreshing challenge and completely transformed our short 44-hour excursion, enhancing my ability to enjoy her company and take in the beauties of Alexandria in spring.
My connectivity to friends, job and the world has progressed so far over the last 20 years, it’s hard to remember what it was like before the ubiquitous Internet. This is a reflection of my own deep engagement via technology, and not true for everyone – but, it sure is true for me!
Sometimes it’s good to go off the grid, especially when you are with the ones you love.
“Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
– Marcus Aurelius