Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: I’ve enjoyed a week off even as I’ve continued my daily letters to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
I’m wrapping up a week off of work, and heading back to the office today, and I must say it feels wonderful. I mean, the week off. Going back to work? Well, as much as I enjoy and appreciate my job, I could sure use another week of cooling out.
People say that you really should take two weeks off at a time, because it takes one week just to get ready to relax. I see their point, but I don’t agree. That’s like saying you shouldn’t eat a meal unless you can have an appetizer first. Or something like that. Anyway, it’s been nice not having to answer the bell every morning.
In addition, our elder daughter was home from Georgia Tech on spring break all week and that was so very nice. She told us all sorts of tales from school, and we brought her up to date on many things at home. Mind you, it’s not as if she was in Ice Station Zebra for the winter. We talk to her pretty much every day on the phone, and we Skype from time to time. (Btw, I do an excellent bit every time we video-chat. I start moving through the camera field as if I am floating, saying, “Oh no, the gravity has been turned off!” Seriously, you should try it when you are on some kind of big international hookup with some foreign leader. It’s hilarious.)
Where was I? Oh yes…it has been great having her here not just for her sake, but also because it makes our family complete again.
While she was around, we gathered for family dinners just like we always have, and we rode around in the car, and we watched movies and laughed, and all that sort of stuff. I mentioned that the older girl and I ran the Atlanta Marathon together? Well, we had so much fun that we turned right around and ran the National Half-Marathon here just six days later.
My wife and I got a particular kick out of hearing her and her sister chatting in their rooms late at night. They are very close and our younger daughter, I often suspect, misses her older sister more than she can even express.
Anyway, she’s back in class again at GT, the younger one is back in class at high school, my wife and I are both back to our duties, and it’s probably just as well. It means less time for thinking about how much we miss each other, and for contemplating the river of time, and love, and beautiful moments that flow past us no matter how much we try to hold them.
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