Thursday, September 9, 2010

Grandma’s Legacy: Slowing Down and Living Well

By Kate Kirby
Gordon College News Service
(This editorial appeared September 16, 2010, in The Salem News.)

With the faint smell of pine needles and the occasional crisp breeze, back to school specials mark the beginning of fall and subsequently the end of vacation season. I am on what looks to be my last weekend getaway: a trip to grandma’s.

There are no cookies waiting for me on the table, nothing wafting from the kitchen; widowed twice, my 78-year-old grandmother is a working woman. But unlike most other Ph.D. holders, she puts in 10-12 hour days as an underpaid clinical psychologist so that she can pack as much family time in as humanly possible while taking annual trips with her childhood friend. Blocks away from the Jordan hotel bombings in 2005, sporting crampons while traversing glaciers in Patagonia, and marching for peace in Sharm el-Sheikh with Suzanne Mubarak Egypt’s first lady, my grandmother aspires to die penniless working to live, not living to work.

Though she could probably use a little more daily R&R, her priorities are rare for the typical “American dream” lifestyle where family and vacation are often put on the backburner. Unlike most Europeans, the majority of Americans are allotted an inhumane amount of vacation time. As a culture we are overworked, whether circumstantially or by choice, and when those prime two weeks of vacation time do arise, we don’t know what to do with them.

As a recent college graduate, I’ve spent four years learning that a successful career requires significant sacrifices. In order to achieve the American dream and live well, I’m told I have to reprioritize my life around my job. In this economy especially, I am lucky even to land a job—one I’ll start next month—and negotiations are unlikely to change my initial allotted vacation days. A friend, though overqualified, is only rationed one week a year. And while I can’t blame her for taking the job and will understand when she chooses to visit her family in her free time, I’ll miss our annual escapades and secretly swear my work schedule will be different.

In other words, renovating a lifestyle built on over zealous commitments, extracurricular activities, and systemic entrapment is a daunting task to say the least. But I think a good place to start will be to fully utilize those couple of weeks I do have. Why? Because once actually on vacation, I’ve noticed many people, programmed for productivity, seem to have a hard time going into relaxation mode, which is why experts say one week doesn’t cut it. So once on vacation, one important ground rule needs to be set.

Earlier this summer I took my bike to explore some islands off the coast and while lounging on the ferry enjoying the striking scenery, the deep shades of sea and welkin blue, a father-daughter duo were glued to their Blackberries. More likely than not, the father was busy responding to the backhaul of work emails, and the daughter, following his example, was probably texting her friends back home, complaining about the poor cell reception.

Rule I will swear by: Turn off the technology.
I will take a picture if I must, but will seek wholeheartedly to take the time to enjoy what is happening in front of me. I will not let an iPod segregate me from my surroundings and will instead listen to the sound of the seagulls singing their sea shanties. I will put away my cell phone and talk with the person sitting beside me.

At least I hope I will. I’ll be honest, though, it won’t be easy. We’ve become so out of touch with the here and now—so jaded by instant gratification enablers like cell phones, fast food, Google, TiVo—that living in the moment is almost a thing of the past. Though our forefathers succeeded in liberating us from our oppressors, we’re now slaves to our jobs, chained to self-isolating devices and overworking ourselves to serve the king of consumerism.

Which brings me back to the beginning. As the weekend comes to an end, I bid my grandmother farewell after promising to squeeze her into my busy schedule. With fall here, ushering me into my first full-time job, I am all too aware of how much of an art form slowing down really is. Some are naturally gifted while others need lots of practice and discipline. A devoted mother, friend, adventurer and career woman, my grandmother, despite impeding circumstances, has shattered the mold and sculpted a life truly worth replicating. I hope, now more than ever, to strap on my own set of crampons and tread in her deep and prolific footsteps.


  1. theme composing could be a smart professional job currently each day. that's why we tend to recently continued a enterprise with this. we are {able to} able to offer quality exclusive theme however if you need to urge theme redaction services my essay writer, we tend to square measure extremely ready to help you this service.

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. MUS Tips is the place where you can find all tricks and tips related to Adsense, Android, SEO and Blogging

  4. For latest information of smartphones visit Android Airport

  5. Excellent post about the topic. Having read this I thought it was very informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this informative article together.
    thesis writing service

  6. I have subscribed to your posts and feed. As a construction research associate I must say that I found the post relevant to my subject area. Thanks for the insight, Steve
    Construction Management Dissertations | Quantity Surveying Dissertations

  7. Ngày cưới, thực sự là một sự kiện đầy ý nghĩa không chỉ đối với hai người, mà còn đối với cả gia đình, bạn bè thân hữu gần xa. wedding planner ” Lời chào cao hơn mâm cỗ ” thiệp cưới cũng vậy, một chiếc thiệp cưới đẹp trang trọng sẽ khiến khách mời thấy được sự trân trọng hơn. Hiểu được nguyện vọng chính đáng đó, Thiệp cưới Hoàng Gia đã thực hiện nhiều mẫu thiệp cưới, tạo dựng những khuôn hình với đường nét có cá tính và sáng tạo. Từ thanh nhã, giản dị mà đầm ấm, trang trọng mà hồn nhiên đến tinh tế, sắc sảo, độc đáo mà lại không cầu kỳ … với hàng trăm loại giấy và những gam màu lấp lánh niềm vui, đáp ứng yêu cầu thẩm mỹ ngày càng cao của Quý khách.

    cưới trọn gói
    Chụp album ảnh cưới đẹp
    Với phương châm “Chất lượng là hàng đầu, giá cả dễ chấp nhận”, chúng tôi không ngừng cập nhật, hoàn thiện và tin tưởng rằng Quý khách hàng sẽ hài lòng với dịch vụ mà chúng tôi đem lại.
    Ảnh viện áo cưới
    Chụp album ảnh cưới
    Chụp album cưới
    Album cưới đẹp
    Chụp album cưới đẹp
    Khi ngày trọng đại càng đến gần, việc chuẩn bị thiệp cưới cho khách mời luôn đóng một vài trò không nhỏ đối với các cặp uyên ương.
    Khi thiết kế thiệp cưới sẽ phát sinh khá nhiều vấn đề: chọn khổ giấy, loại giấy, lên màu in cho chuẩn, chưa kể thành phẩm phải đẹp, trang nhã, văn phong trong thiệp cưới phải đúng chuẩn …
    Album ảnh cưới lãng mạng
    Trang trí tiệc lễ mừng thọ
    Trang trí backdrop party
    Tổ chức sinh nhật ấn tượng
    Trang trí tiệc sinh nhật bằng hoa giấy
    Trang trí backdrop sinh nhật
    Trang trí backdrop sinh nhật cho bé
    Trang trí backdrop thôi nôi
    Trang trí tiệc sinh nhật cho người yêu
    Tổ chức sinh nhật
    Trang trí sinh nhật
    Trang trí tiệc sinh nhật cho bé tại nhà
    Trang trí tiệc sinh nhật cho bé gái
    Tổ chức sinh nhật cho người ấy
    Tổ chức sinh nhật cho mẹ


  8. لا تقلق بشان تلوث مياه الخزان الخاص بك , فمع شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض تتخلص
    من كل الطفيليات والطحالب والبكتيريا العالقه بجدران الخزان الداخليه وبالاعتماد على افضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض المواد والادوات عاليه الجودة فضلا عن الاعتماد على اكفأ وامهر عماله بشرية تعمل بجد واجتهاد فى مجال تنظيف خزانات بالرياض فاتصل بنا ولا تتردد ونحن فى انتظارك لخدمتك على الرحب والسعه نحن شركة تنظيف خزانات بالرياض نقدم لكم الشركة الرائده فى عالم كشف التسربات وتسليك المجارى بأحدث اجهزة الكشف وبدون تكسير بالاعتماد على اكفأ المهندسين المختصين بأعمال السباكة المنزلية واصلاح المواسير الداخليه والخارجية واللذين يؤدون خدمتهم على اكمل وجه وبأقل التكاليف واجود النتائج من شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض فاتصلو بنا عملاؤنا الكرام من اى مكان بالسعودية لنتشرف بخدمتكم على الرحب والسعة نحن افضل شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض
    - تنظيف خزانات

  9. DOMINO206 adalah Pusatnya Game Domino Terpercaya Indonesia. Memberikan pengalaman bermain nyata untuk anda, proses deposit dan withdraw cepat.
    Gabung sekarang juga dan segera menangkan jutaan rupiah setiap harinya !!

    game online domino kiu kiu

    game domino qq online
    poker domino qq
    BandarQ | BandarQ Online | Agen BandarQ | Domino99 | Agen Domino | AduQ Online Terbaik

  10. Thank you to have shared information, and are very helpful for the readers and I found I was looking for

    soft full

    Printer Driver


    Zone Driver

    Get Driver

  11. WIZTECH Automation, Anna Nagar, Chennai, has earned reputation offering the best automation training in Chennai in the field of industrial automation. Flexible timings, hands-on-experience, 100% practical. The candidates are given enhanced job oriented practical training in all major brands of PLCs (AB, Keyence, ABB, GE-FANUC, OMRON, DELTA, SIEMENS, MITSUBISHI, SCHNEIDER, and MESSUNG)

    PLC training in chennai
    Automation training in chennai
    Best plc training in chennai
    PLC SCADA training in chennai
    Process automation training in chennai
    Final year eee projects in chennai
    VLSI training in chennai

  12. Embedded system training: Wiztech Automation Provides Excellent training in embedded system training in Chennai - IEEE Projects - Mechanical projects in Chennai Wiztech provide 100% practical training, Individual focus, Free Accommodation, Placement for top companies. The study also includes standard microcontrollers such as Intel 8051, PIC, AVR, ARM, ARMCotex, Arduino etc.

    Embedded system training in chennai
    Embedded Course training in chennai
    Matlab training in chennai
    Android training in chennai
    LabVIEW training in chennai
    Arduino training in chennai
    Robotics training in chennai
    Oracle training in chennai
    Final year projects in chennai
    Mechanical projects in chennai
    ece projects in chennai

  13. Chung cư 69 vũ trọng phụng là tâm điểm của thị trường thời gian tới, chung cu 69 vu trong phung khởi công từ quý II/2015 và dự kiến chào bán ra thị trường vào giữa năm 2016. Chung cư vinata tower, chung cư vinata towers, chung cư vinata tower 289 khuất duy tiến, vinata tower 289 khuất duy tiến, chung cư 289 khuất duy tiến, chung cu 289 khuat duy tien.

    Chung cư the artemis số 3 lê trọng tấn, chung cư the artemis lê trọng tấn, chung cư số 3 lê trọng tấn.

    Vinhomes dragon bay, vinhomes dragon bay hạ long, vinhomes quảng ninh, liền kề vinhomes dragon bay, liền kề vinhomes hạ long, nhà phố thương mại vinhomes dragon bay, nhà phố thương mại vinhomes hạ long, biệt thự vinhomes dragon bay, biệt thự vinhomes quảng ninh, biệt thự vinhomes hạ long.

    Chung cư udic riverside, chung cu udic riverside, chung cư udic riverside 122 vĩnh tuy, chung cư 122 vĩnh tuy.
    Dự án the manor central park khởi công, sắp ra hàng liền kề the manor central park, biệt thự the manor central park. Dự án the manor nguyễn xiển sẽ ra hàng trong năm 2016 này, the manor central park nguyễn xiển hứa hẹn là một siêu dự án cao cấp.chung cư imperia sky garden,chung cư imperia sky garden minh khai, chung cư imperia sky garden 423 minh khai, chung cư 423 minh khai
    chung cư 423 minh khai
    chung cư 423 minh khai
    chung cư 423 minh khai /

  14. Very useful post. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. Really its great article. Keep it up!
    geometry dash
    happy wheels unblocked
    soccer heads
    juegos gratis
    free online games

  15. Consequently the company must begin forcing the employees to do away with the fake evaluations to ensure that the typical ranking is not skewed. In addition it additionally leads the way for control of ratings. buy facebook 5 star reviews

  16. Want to watch the most important match of Euro Cup 2016, the big final live from your home,just check out Euro Cup Final Live Streaming

  17. Love to read it,Waiting For More new Update and I Already Read your Recent Post its Great Thanks. imo apk
    imo for pc
    imo video call

  18. Nice article MR,,,thank you so much for your post today,, really i agree n i like it
    jelly gamat gold g


  19. Have you heard about National Black Cat Day which is two days prior to National Cat Day.
    Check out my blog to get all the latest information about it and stay updated.

  20. You can certainly see your expertise within the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. Always follow your heart.


  21. This comment has been removed by the author.

  22. Thanks for this amazing post, right to the point.
    Gigantophis snake

  23. Showroom Teka HCM của Elegant Luxury là địa chỉ mua bán bếp từ cao cấp teka, máy khử mùi nhập khẩu teka,.. và các thiết bị bếp cho gia đình. Chi tiết mời bạn tham khảo tại website: Chúc các bạn như ý!

  24. I would like more information about this, because it is very nice. Thanks for sharing. The game five nights at freddy’s 4 you like it? The official hotmail sign in app brings the best of hotmail login to your iPhone or iPad


  25. In your blog I was happy to see your article, better than last time, and have made great progress, I am very pleased. I am looking forward to your article will become better and better.
    hotmail login | red ball |

  26. adalah agen bola dengan fasilitas lengkap,agen bola sbobet terpercaya ini juga menggunakan bank lokal indonesia,cs handal dan ramah..visit us!!

  27. adalah distributor Furniture rotan terbesar di indonesia, salah satu produk diantaranya keranjang rotan, kursi tamu rotan dan berbagai Furniture dari rotan dengan kualitas terbaik. ayo kunjungi kami di

  28. This article is very good, with what I've read I really appreciate what you write in this article. please visit my website :

  29. Thanks for your page! Your share information it helped me alot! I pray for you to be happy and successful in your life.
    geometry dash

  30. Pijat Panggilan Jakarta | Anis Massage Spa 24 Jam -

  31. I have been working with a dissertation proposal writing services company and believe me, I always followed the same legacy to increase my performance.

  32. Thank your share! I’m very happy to read this. This is the kind of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that is at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc!
    fb login