Dispatches from a Reporter's Notebook

Soul Vacation

Posted July 11, 2007

I've just recently returned from an extended vacation with my children and my parents.  I use the term "vacation" lightly as the job of fulltime parenting as many stay-at-home mothers know is an all-consuming task that requires more energy, if not more, than working at the office for nine hours. 

But it was a vacation from one thing- news.  Sure I glanced at the headlines on WRAL.com.  I scanned a few paragraphs of the local paper and caught the local television news on a rare occasion only really to check the weather.  I also kept in touch with the office and my contacts through my Blackberry (better known as a "Crackberry").  What I realized was that I needed a break from all of the murder and mayhem (literally) that consumes my workday day-in and day-out. 

Instead of being a news junkie I read a few good books, wrote a little bit, and had more than a few laughs with family and friends.  Most importantly for the first time in several months I really had a chance to not only look at my children, but to actually see them in a way that's almost impossible to do in the midst of a hectic daily routine.  I learned a lot about the very interesting and complex people they are  becoming.

Not only does a mental and emotional break from this kind of work re-charge my dwindling batteries, but it helps to give me new perspective on what I do and why I do it.   I didn't come back with all of the answers, but I do know one thing , for this reporter sometimes no news is good news.

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  • kramerwidow23 Jul 12, 2007

    Amanda, you are so lucky. What I would give to have any kind of vacation with my child. It's hard to make ends meet and save for a vacation too these days. Maybe a day trip to the beach would be good, if I can afford the gas. Good to have you back!

  • .Milky Jul 12, 2007

    Amanda,

    Glad you got away and glad to have you back. I watched you on Nancy Grace few couple weeks ago and told my wife, "There's someone who needs a Calgon Moment." Not because you looked tired or you weren't doing a great job, but because you seem to cover all of the saddest subject matter in the local news.

    I hope to see you covering something more matter-of-fact or even funny in the near future. Tell Greg you want to do the weather for a few days, but make sure there are no hurricanes coming first.

    BTW- The only way to keep off of the crackberry is to never pick it up. I'm seeing a lot of my techie peers starting to look like professional thumb wrestlers. You be careful out there!

  • missparrothead Jul 12, 2007

    The word "vacation" has a different twist to it when young children are involved. LOL.

  • owlady Jul 12, 2007

    Oh, I agree, NO News is probably good news. It can be tough to listen to the news these days, but I cannot imagine having to "speak" and "repeat" it all day long as reporters and news anchors must do. Keep up the good work.

  • CestLaVie Jul 12, 2007

    We ALL need breaks like this, occasionally. Good for you, Amanda. Welcome back.

  • Mrs. Emily Jul 12, 2007

    I agree with getting away from it all. My husband and I took our two small children camping for a week in June. It was hard at times with a 5 and 2 year old, however, there was no news, no tv, just us enjoying the week together. I didn't even wear a watch all week! It was our first vacation in a couple of years and really did us all a lot of good. Glad you enjoyed your vacation and glad you're back.

  • KevinUNC97 Jul 12, 2007

    Please keep her blog going since she offers a unique personal side of the news , where a perspective of the news delves a lot deeper than shocking headlnes that capture the short American attention span.
    Keep up the good work Mrs. Lamb, and you do a wonderful job as a journalist and mom!
    -Kevin

  • Beach Music Forever Jul 12, 2007

    Glad you had a great time and had the chance to learn more about your children, the most precious gift one can have. You are a true professional and your kids are blessed to have you as their mother.

  • oceanchild71 Jul 12, 2007

    Hey Amanda! Thanks for the affirmation about the difficulties of being a stay-at-home parent. I've been doing it about a year now and still haven't been able to do the life of leisure thing yet! Welcome back!

  • Mr 911 Jul 11, 2007

    And we are glad to have you back!!!!!!!!!

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