While the car was being worked on, I opted to walk away for some breakfast. I found myself in a locally-owned restaurant. I entered at the same time as a large family. On this day after Christmas, everyone was displaying their new presents. From the brand-new Oregon Ducks football jerseys and hats, to stuffed animals shoved in toy pet carriers. The aftermath of the gift frenzy was writ large on their very bodies.
After breakfast, I went shopping at a pet store. Then I picked up the car, and got the oil changed. I began to realize that I felt strangely relaxed. I had only been home with my family for three days, and this little set of errands already felt like a mini-vacation. I could feel myself slowing down, and the tension leaving my shoulders.
And I am returning to work tomorrow, may God have mercy upon my soul.