What About the Grownups?
A friend who’s a teacher tells me that adults need recess. Every day. Especially now.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that recess means “a suspension of business or procedure for the purpose of relaxation or recreation.” For grown-ups these days, business and procedure are often non-stop. It’s easy to feel burned out if work is home and home is work.
Recess can be anything. For my teacher friend, a trip to the grocery store is contemplative. She relaxes while appreciating the intricate patterns in cabbages and the grandeur of tall piles of carrots. My neighbor, with small children in the mix, swears she couldn’t manage without online exercise class and the occasional glass of wine over the fence with the friend next door.
Any pleasant pause in the day’ activities qualifies as grown-up recess…a quiet cup of tea, a jog around the neighborhood, a chat on the phone…anything that moves the mind off the concerns and demands of life in 2020. Then, like kids who’ve run around the school yard, we can return to our obligations with a clearer head, better concentration, and maybe even a smile.
Copyright © 2020 Susan Kottler
Susan Kottler is a mostly self-taught photographer who strives to create photos which tell small stories about the human condition. After years as a mental health clinician and a parent, she has gravitated to street photography because of her interest in how people live, what they build, and how they relate to the environment around them. She has exhibited her work widely in the Boston area.