the meaning of vacation

The word vacation dates back to the 14th century and is an anglo-french word from a latin word that means freedom or exemption.  Meanings:

1: a respite or a time of respite from something
2 a
: a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended
   b: a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
3: a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation

We are lucky in our times that our employers see the value in this and actually encourage us to take a vacation.  In fact, most employers build it into your salary.  What a wonderful thing it is – to be paid to take time off. 

My vacation here on Washington Island has been very rejuvenating although it has been nearly freezing cold.  Lee Ann and I tried to spend the day at the beach yesterday but the wind was too much and after just 20 minutes I was too cold to stay any longer.  We ended up at this little Irish pub called the Fiddler’s Green and spend the late afternoon there.  Kate is the owner/operator and she does a fantastic job.  She only serves “pub food” but her pub food is on par with a 4-star restaurant.  I had some crusty bread with some Gorgonzola-walnut dip and a red peppers.  Lee Ann ate a panini.

This morning we got up late and ate breakfast and then took a leisurelydrive around the island stopping now and then to admire some really, really lovely views.  The beach we went to first I could have stayed at all day – no wind, slightly chilly (perfect with a blanket) and for the most part sunny.  Right now I am sitting in a little “internet cafe” sipping some really good black chai tea blend with chocolate. 

What a wonderful little respite this has turned out to be.