City Mouse needs to chill
August 16, 2010 10:47 AM Subscribe
Help me relax and enjoy a long weekend in the country. The lonely, no cell signal, no internet country...
posted by pointystick to Grab Bag (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Every few months, plus extra time at holidays, I leave my urban existance behind to visit my grandmother whom I love dearly. She lives in the house she was born in, outside the small city where I grew up. The old homeplace is out of cell phone range (except in a corner of the east meadow on a clear day. Really.) and there is no internet. The pace of life there is slow and each day is much like another.Most of my family reckons it peaceful but for some reason going out there makes me really antsy. I'm a voaracious reader & I do embroidery so electronic entertainment is not required but for some reason knowing I can't get online/text/make a call etc. makes me feel trapped for lack of a better word. It bugs me & embarrasses me that I can't chill out and enjoy it.
Possible underlying factor: my family, typical of the region, ranges from conservative to very conservative. I am usually on my guard a bit when I go since some members of extended family sometimes want to pick little fights under the guise of friendly chat or "gentle teasing". Ugh. Help me with some coping strategies? Thanks!