Long Weekends: What Not to Do

The lonely, the sad, the dispersed, the displaced: some of the people who don’t like long weekends. Long weekends are like New Year’s Eve. They can make you weep. I came across this poem by Vikram Seth. 

in the Case of the Missing Towels here, said that on long lonely weekends, she pretends she’s in a spa or a writer’s retreat or someplace where she’s voluntarily chosen to go. Then she’ll do for herself what she’d expect to do there. Take a bubble bath. Sit in a comfortable chair and read a book you’ve been putting off reading. (I’m reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved.) Make a nice meal for herself. Get out watercolors. Organize old photographs. Go for a walk. Watch a favorite old movie. Get out a pen and blank notebook — you have to have those writing instruments still — and write, write, write. Write it to right it. Write how it feels to be 24, 36, 49, 73 — how it feels to be you — on a long weekend in May 2012 wherever you find yourself on earth. Sometimes we can’t always live the best page of the best chapter of our lives but we can write it all down for art’s sake, for life’s sake. And the reverse is true: we might not write the best story but we can live the best story.

“I try not to allow myself to go to that negative neighborhood,” Lily said. “You know, that dark place where I feel so bad about myself and about everything in my life. Instead I try to focus on what I can do to take care of myself.”

What do you do when the weekend time seems to stre-e-e-t-c-h into forever?

Our Roving Reporter Posted This Photo From New Zealand. “All You Who Sheep Tonight.” Oops.

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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2 Responses to Long Weekends: What Not to Do

  1. Writing Jobs says:

    That was an excellent post today. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it very much.

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  2. Tia says:

    Hi thanks foor sharing this

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