Vacation was so fun. It was so refreshing to spend a whole week only having fun. I haven’t done that in ages! I love spending time with the west coast fam, too. When we’re together, it just feels so fun and so comfortable. I like those two qualities to be balanced in my close relationships.

Senya is a fantastic traveler! In fact, I am writing this blog on the airplane. She is fast asleep in Collin’s arms. She seems to really enjoy traveling. Both days that we have woken up early to travel she seems to sense the excitement in the air. She also smiles at everyone she sees. This last bit is cute, but it can also lend itself to some strange encounters. My social alarm system starts sounding loud and clear whenever normative deviance is near.

For example, there was a lady in the airport bathroom who asked if she could hold Senya, and she asked this while she was already reaching out to take her from me. That was stranger danger. Then there was another lady yesterday who was trying to get Senya to bite her finger. “I don’t think we should bite strangers’ fingers” I said as I twirled away from her to get Senya to let go of the woman’s finger. I used to just faint when I was under social stress. As a mother, I feel the responsible thing to do is remain conscious and assert boundaries for the both of us. So I do.

Back to my vacation commentary-

I really loved feeling like a person and not a machine. Lately, life has been stressful and full of responsibilities. As you can see from my last post, my life can tend to feel more like a checklist of things that I need to do rather than an inspired life. Vacation reminded me of what it feels like to have fun.

I got to ROLLER SKATE on this vacation. I think I have mentioned elsewhere on twirling leaf about my love of roller skating. This past week on vacation we all went to a roller rink where people were serious about roller skating. Many people had customized roller skates handcrafted from their favorite pair of shoes. These people could skate, too. I mean, there was one couple who were dancing around the rink as if they were in a couples figure skating competition.

Another fun highlight was that Darby took me to her very special yoga studio and treated me to a yoga class. It was invigorating and challenging and relaxing. I loved it! I even found myself doing a split at one point during class. To clarify, this was normal given the context, but still! I haven’t done a split in years! Then when it came time for Chivasana, the important things in life were planted firmly in my mind’s eye and the distractions and worries had disappeared. I love yoga. I should make time and money for this to be a regular part of my life soon.

It was so good to be with those guys. Senya adored them, too! I am so glad that she got to spend time with them. I have moved once before to be close to these very people that surrounded me on this vacation. I may just have to move to be near them again.

We laughed. We ate delicious treats. We played rock band. We had good conversations. We went hiking. We had so much fun being alive and enjoying how much fun life can be.

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