My sons, freshmen at Texas A&M, get their first college Spring Break this month. Not exactly party animals, they’ll enjoy the free room and board of home. Of course, the rest of us will not have the luxury of a full week off.  

But perhaps Spring Break can remind us to take Sabbath. 

It’s good to take a break once in a while. When we’re caught in the slog of obligation and overwhelm, we sometimes work through our supposed time off. Or when we finally slow down, we’re so exhausted that we sleep all day. 

When’s the last time you did something outside the have-to? Whether or not you’ve got Spring Break in March, I encourage you to have some sort of adventure: 

St. Fiacre and a photobombing squirrel

St. Fiacre and a photobombing squirrel

  • Try one of those cheeses from the Under $5 bin at your grocery store! 
  • Come to teen and family game night, March 16th (7 to 9 pm) 
  • Sing karaoke
  • Search for bluebonnets 
  • Take your lunch at the Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, when admission is free! 

Me, I’ll take a day for a Galveston Bay fishing expedition with my dad. It’s been a few years, but I caught a giant (to me) red drum last time ‘round – I will never forget that excitement! 

We also switch things up a bit at Emerson March 10th and 17th with a Spring Break Club for children and youth. Depending on weather, we’ll use one Sunday to play in the dirt and plant a herb garden around St. Fiacre* in the courtyard. And the other Sunday we’ll create something for our auction craft!

*Yes, I used to think that was St. Francis of Assisi, too. But it’s St. Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners. This statue was dedicated to Ruth Fogle (1915-1978.)