Remember when you were in college and you got a “spring break?” I distinctly remember those days as some of my favorite – amidst the hustle and bustle of midterm exams, part-time jobs, friends, and obligations, I was always very grateful for an extended period of time where things would slow down. I was grateful for the quietness that spring break offered. And while some kids would travel off to loud, exciting, MTV-worthy locations (beacons of shining hope for a lot of late 90s co-eds), I typically sought out opportunities to “introvert” in a quiet space. Spring break my junior year consisted of me spending an entire week in the basement of a large office building, filing and organizing closed cases for the law firm I worked for (doesn’t get any quieter than that). I traveled to Galveston, TX with my mom, aunt, and younger cousin a few times to get away from it all and relax in the Galvestonian. And once, I opted to travel to Steamboat Springs, CO with a small group of my girlfriends to get some “quiet time” on the slopes – of which I did not, but it was still a fun learning experience. Except for my friend Lease, who cried for her mom on the slopes because she was struggling to “wedge” down the long-haul, green slope we forced her to try.
But now, my spring break has turned into something else. As a college professor, rather than a college student, it would appear that I have earned some time off from performing my standard professorial responsibilities. But in fact, I will be taking some “time off” this spring break to grade midterm exams and assignments, prepare research manuscripts, revise and resubmit different research manuscripts, prepare for fall conferences, and rehearse my upcoming TEDxACU talk. All while attending to the needs of my two rambunctious boys, nearly 2 and 4 years old respectively – because they will be out of preschool for their spring break as well. No more “quiet” part-time work, ski slope reflections, or relaxing beach getaways. Sigh. I guess it’s fair to say, that the old days and ways of escaping the hustle and bustle of college life and adult responsibilities do not apply to me anymore.