March 6, 1991

Coming Home

Author Affiliations

Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill, NC

JAMA. 1991;265(9):1099. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460090047015

Coming home after vacation is sometimes slightly sad. It's not that your trip was boring or too short. Rather, it's more like a bittersweet dream, when, having suddenly awakened, you are less upset to be awake than sorry you cannot return to your dream.

"Please take notice that..."

The first day back is always the worst. Restarting routines—unpacking, sorting mail, answering phone messages, washing clothes—these serve a purpose: to center yourself today for tomorrow's work, forgotten while vacationing. The first night back, a few phone calls to family and friends finish the grounding process. Tomorrow, to work, to the hospital.

"... the undersigned will bring the above petition on the hearing before this court..."

The morning after holds such promise. Invigorated, a refreshed mind can attack daily challenges. Creativity runs high. Many tasks can be solved in a few short hours. The office desk is cleared, and the rooms are ready