April can be a ridiculously busy time for anyone on the academic calendar, students and professors alike, as we rush to meet all the deadlines that come with the end of the semester. A stretch of sunny weather this week just made things worse because I find it impossible to stay indoors in front of a computer when my woods are about to burst into green.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the long to-do lists on my desk, I'm abandoning my computer, leaving behind the stacks of papers, and driving off to a different part of the state. I'm leaving right after class, driving with Monking Friend through hills of farmland, off to the monastery for the weekend.
Since we are heading south, we are likely to see spring wildflowers and new leaves. The monks at this monastery breed sheep, and I'm hoping we'll get to see some baby sheep. I'm looking forward to walks through the hilly pastures and woodlands, long talks with Monking Friend, a visit with Brother Beekeeper, and prayer services filled with chanting and incense. Always, my time at the monastery is contemplative and restorative.
I'll be back next week.