Fever and Itch! It’s Spring!

Apr 17, 2015 | 3 comments

In My Dreams

In My Dreams

Several of my loved ones are ‘on the road.’ Son Charlie is in New York City for five or six days. Linda-of-Seattle is in Athens. Cate just returned from Hawaii.

I try not to be envious because I am especially prone to itchy feet at this time of year. I think that particular ailment is a holdover from all of my teaching years when summertime automatically meant travel time and springtime meant gearing up for summertime plans. I am definitely in a get-out-the-road-maps and throw-the-duffel-in-the-car kind of mood.

But I’m also in a lollygag-in-the-sun frame of mind. We did just that yesterday for a while – until the chill wind drove us back to work. It was our first day of al fresco lunching for this year. The sun shone. The flowers bloomed. The birds sang – especially that persistent African (or is it Siberian?) Mourning Dove that has taken up residence in the village. And the incoming tide shone blue.

Oysterville in April

Oysterville in April

But for the wind (strong enough to knock over two of our lawn chairs), I’d have succumbed readily to the ennui of Spring Fever. As it was, I headed reluctantly back to my writing lair and tried to ‘accomplish something.’ But, just out of my line of sight was the shelf of travel books, calling insistently. “Come to Ireland,” said one. “Don’t you want to go to Quebec and maybe PEI while you’re at it?” called another. “Viens à Paris, ma chère!” said three or four of them.

Spring Fever and Itchy Feet are a difficult combination, but probably just about right for a woman in my circumstances – a woman with Serious Commitments coming up. The low energy symptoms of the former serve to cancel out the wanderlust of the latter. Although… I don’t have any obligations to keep me home in the fall. Not yet, anyway…

3 Comments

  1. Nancy Russell tone

    Traveling….although the memories of living out of the case, away from homebase are still fresh in my 79 year old mind I’m a’thinkin’ that it is now or never in regard to a trip. I ask myself what are the challenges, what are the rewards of travel? Is energy available? Will there be an extra charge, luggage wise for meds?And the other aspects of travel for elders? Hearing aide batteries…spare glasses…nasal spray, eye drops…oh, gotta go, the garden calls and I consider housesitter, catsitter….as I pick up the pruners and garden gloves…!

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    • sydney

      Yep! You’ve been reading my mind, Nan…

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  2. Cate Gable

    Whenever you and Nyel are ready to get out of your lawn chairs in the sun (or wind for that matter) let me know. Paris awaits you, mon petite chouchou! Cate

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