This month provided me with some interesting opportunities to experience and think about . . . space . . . in real time.

I mean, there’s been the literal sharing of space with Erin during her visit these past four weeks. (Fortunately, Erin is a very welcome – and very easy – guest to have in our midst.) There’s also been the holding of space so we could spend plenty of concentrated, quality time together. (It’s been a whirlwind of activity and “events” around here this month, let me tell you!) And we’ve been living in a liminal space — tucked away from our “normal” lives and enjoying a special time together. (We’ve added things to our days. We’ve removed things from our days. It’s been wild.)

Today, though, Erin is back to her own life in her own space. And Tom and I are left picking through the general debris of our schedules and our to-do lists to put our own space(s) back together again.

Right now, I most need some . . . space for myself. To catch up. To clean up. To figure out what I’ve dropped .  . that I probably shouldn’t have dropped . . . while I was filling my space with other priorities. Although I’ll be here tomorrow (to announce our next Read With Us selection), I’m planning a brief blog vacation until after the 4th.

I’m betting you’ll understand.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”
— Anne Lamott