Friday, July 23, 2010

Random Thought - 10 minute vacation

This is the view from a vacation villa at Four Seasons, Jimbaran Bay, Bali. I want one.

I was running (literally) through Target Thursday. I had a grocery list, a schedule to keep, a looming deadline and fifteen different things on my mind. I was inexplicably irritated that I couldn't find the package of pre-prepped diced rosemary and herb potatoes. I was thirsty and still hot from the 100° heat outside. Plainly put, I was tart. I went in search of a potato alternative and as I wheeled around the corner something caught my eye.

Over by the fresh flowers an older attractive black woman sat. I don't know where she got the stool from but she was perched with a smile on her face looking at the flowers. As I wondered what sister girl was doing sitting in the middle of the aisle in Target, she dug around in her bag and pulled out a crumpled piece of paper. She smoothed it out carefully and propped it up next to some yellow daisies. Then she sat back looking at her picture nestled amongst the flowers with a smile.

Inching closer, I took a look at the picture. Recognizing it, I spoke up. "Oh the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa in Maui! Are you going soon?"

She said, "Oh is that where that is?"

I smiled with a little confusion. "Yes, that's the view out the back."

"I just like the way it looks. I saw it in a magazine and saved it. I don't if I'll ever get there so every now and then I pull it out, put it next to something pretty and take a ten minute vacation. I imagine myself right there, sipping on one of those pretty drinks with the breeze from water around me. So you've been there?"

"Yes ma'am a few years ago. It's lovely."

"I go everyday for ten minutes."

"Ten minutes, does it work?"

"It's like my power nap. While I'm on my little vacation I don't worry that my husband wants his dinner at seven, those kids ain't never gonna move out and I have too much month left with too little money. Gets me through the rest of the day. You should try it."

"I just might do that... you have a good vacation."

"I always do, sweetie."

At first, I thought it was a little sad that she couldn't take the real vacation but then it occurred to me - that woman looked happier sitting at her made up vacation spot than I had all day. Lesson learned. Sometimes a little bit of something good is all you need to get you through.

Do you take ten minute time outs during the day to recharge? What do you do? What would be your ten minute vacation picture look like? And Happy Friday.

14 comments:

chele said...

The mere thought of this just made me smile.

sunt97 said...

I'll have to remember this next time I need a breather from my daily life.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
Tiffany

Kandia said...

Awwww....that was nice. I doubt I'll do it in the isle at Target, but I do a lot of day-dreaming myself. By the way I know exactly that bag of potatoes you're talking about, I buy those all the time...lol

kenn bivins said...

Ahhh, ten minute vacations. I may get greedy today and take 15 because it's Friday.

EMD 87 said...

Thanks Chele! I think I'm going to try this. But like Kenn, I make take 15, maybe even 20 minutes today cause it's Friday! LOL!!!

Myas Mom said...

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jas said...

She dropped a jewel on you.! (Makes me a lil sad though, cause my generation is soo used to ignoring women like her)

JaymeC said...

How great is that. I love hearing about innovative ways people find to just make it through the day. On a side note, she needs to tell those free-loading kids to make her husband's dinner. Then she could take a 30-minute vaca. Just sayin'

datdudeincali said...

That spot in Bali looks like the business. I just took a mini vacation staring at it myself. Damn that looks good. Add in traveling companion and adult beverage and five straight days.

bougiesis said...

Nice - several years ago I had a lovely beach vacation on St. Thomas at Morning Star Beach. They gave me a watercolor postcard of the beach with the bougainvillea in the foreground, the white sandy beach in the middle and the clear blue/green water in the background. I have that hung over my phone at work, sometimes I look at it and just sigh taking a mini-vacation moment. This is a lovely post for a Friday - thanks Chele!

Grace said...

Are you going to sponsor a bougie vacation getaway? Sign me up.

Tazzee said...

This made me a little moist in the eyes. I need to make my 10 minute vacay picture my wallpaper at work - as soon as I find one. Thanks for sharing.

Annette Evans said...

Since I had to cancel the vacation I was supposed to leave on this weekend, this seems to be a decent subsitute. Thanks, you made my day and made me feel less disappointed.

Hidi said...

Happy Friday :)

I do take time to recharge myself; I am unaware of how long it last because I am daydreaming (LOL). I look at photos I took on vacation a few years ago in central america or photos of places I want to visit one day or old family photos. My ten minute pic would have the following elements: water, trees, bright colors, mountains or hills, hammock & smiling face(s). :)

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