Wednesday, March 07, 2007
As much as I complain about the traffic between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, the commute represents rare alone time. I don't do the commute every day, but those days I do, I try to enjoy the downtime rather than stress about the traffic. The commute actually gives me time to return phone calls, listen to music and wind down so that I've left my workday behind when I walk into the chaos of a house full of kids.
On the days when I have a 10-minute drive home from my newspaper's Broward office, I am physically present -- capable of seasoning chicken and robotically asking how school went -- but the eyes are glazed and my mind is miles away(did I forget to respond to that e-mail from my editor?). For all the downside of a commute, the upside is the ability to transition -- to put some physical and mental space between office and home. More and more, I find I need that. Do you?