When I am not runningaroundcrazy (shout out to Teagan for the word convergence) while classes are in session, I find I am easier to be around, relaxed, quicker to drop to the floor for a game of "Don't Wake the Monster" with Nora, a better conversationalist while on the phone with my sisters, a discerning shopper, a book reading, biscuit-and-gravy-eating-at-the-gas-station-in-Utica-local and a better cook. I show signs of slightly improved muscle tone. I become a skilled crossword puzzle-ist, a crafter-- a stare into space for as long as you like woman at (not) work.
And when I am at work, I am all those things, too. Just faster.
Let this break unwind the places wound too tightly around the world. Remember there is work being done you can't even see, and this is your real work. Now is the time to connect with that and when it begins again, never let go.