The moment when you are leaning against bulwark on forecastle, end of unmooring stations, sailing out of a port, ten past midnight with darkness of the open seas ahead, night sky still aglow with shore light astern, gibbous moon still young in altitute shining white n dim in the sky on your left, and you smell a breeze of fresh air blowing in from extensive seas. That very moment you will forget how exhausted you are, you just want to freeze there living it.
Keep moving! Steam, or Gas, or Stage,
Hold, cabin, steerage, hencoop's
cage--Tour, Journey, Voyage, Lounge, Ride, Walk, Skim, Sketch, Excursion, Travel-talk--For move you must! 'Tis now the rage, The law and fashion of the Age.
I must have leave, in the fulness of my soul, to regret the abolition, and doing away-with altogether, of those consolatory interstices and sprinklings of freedom, through the four seasons,--the red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days. . . . These were bright visitations in a scholar's and clerk's life--"far off their coming shone."
He never took a vacation, and at sixty they read his will. His day for "retiring from business" Death wrote in a codicil;
And pinn'd on the door of his office Was a notice which grimly read, Out of town--on a long vacation Indefinite" it said.
The average wife does not get enough holidays. The average husband gets a day and a half every week, besides his annual holiday. The wife's working week consists of seven days; for there is no period in the week when she can throw off the burden of housekeeping. . . . Many wives have even to keep house during their so-called vacation, and thus obtain no real relief whatever. And so they continue without surcease for twenty years, thirty years, half a lifetime! At best the wife who always takes vacation in the company of her husband only achieves a partial holiday.
I do not really like vacations; I much prefer an occasional day off when I do not feel like working. When I am confronted with a whole week in which I have nothing to do but enjoy myself I do not know where to begin. To me, enjoyment comes fleetingly and unheralded; I cannot determinedly enjoy myself for a whole week at a time.