March 28th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #798 'Back to work'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

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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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Antwone Boone

    What happens to the all the sea life when the nuclear waste gets into the water?

    March 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  2. Richard Castellone

    I've been watching CNN and FOX news since the events started and have not heard even the slightest word about the following two areas in the Japan crisis.

    (1) All sorts of scenarios about the nuclear cloud moving EASTWARD across the Pacific (5,500 miles) and what might happen to the US West Coast. However, noone and I mean noone, has a scenario about the possiblility of the Nuclear cloud moving WESTWARD across the Sea Of Japan and hitting North & South Korea. The Sea Of Japan is considerably narrower (Japan to Mainland) than the Pacific Ocean (Japan to U.S. Westcoast.

    (2) There has not been any mention of the Japanese Navy. Where are their ships? Why are they not assisting the U.S. Ships? What are they doing? People I have been talking with are concerned about the non-reporting of their fleet.

    If you guys decide to report on either of these items, please repeat it often in the next day or so.

    Thanks much.

    March 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  3. Mark Henderson

    Why on earth are we allowing the companies that ship our oil internationally be threatened by pirates, why are those companies not required to have proper security onboard to protect our investment? Maybe I am way offbase and these ships have nothing to do with us? I hope I am wrong, but if I am not maybe someone needs to step up and say enough.

    March 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  4. mary Hayden

    Once again Afghanistan news is on the back burner. We have to get the news from the soldiers themselves by phone. I watched CNN after my grandson called and never did see anything but what is happening in Libya and Japan over and over again. You are my favorite cable news but am disappointed you are ignoring Afghanistan.

    March 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm |

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