August 31st. The last day of the last full month of sabbatical. The automated sabbatical message will terminate in a few minutes. And I have learned two things in the past 72 hours:
1) there is no “easing in” from sabbatical to post-sabbatical
2) there is no “easing in” from sabbatical to post-sabbatical
And a bonus realization: tenure is finally sinking in, with all of its glory (read: ha!) and craziness and inexplicable expectations.
Good night changing time zones.
Good night long email respites,
summer uniforms, and movie marathons;
Good night wandering walks, nation hopping,
Good night open calendars.
Good night, sweet full blue moon.
Hello new year.