Separation Anxiety

According to Google, the definition of separation is the act of moving or being moved apart.  Synonyms include: severance, detachment, disconnection, disunion, dissociation.

WOW!  This is going to be a tough subject to discuss openly.  However, here goes.

Several days ago, I received an email from my long-time BFF.  Quite honestly she knows me like a book and often reads in between the lines if you will.  She is a very perceptive and intuitive person...always was and always will be...which is one of the things I admire about her.  

Recently we shared yet another long, chatty breakfast and knowing that I was more than a tad anxious, she scooted me an email the following day.  In it were several links that she thought would be beneficial to me at this time.  As usual, she was right.

Tread Lightly On Thin Ice

So, I pointed, clicked and searched and before long I was participating in yet another hike...this time with the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club/CT Chapter).

A few days later, there I was trekking through the woods on yet another hiking trail with a group of total strangers.  The mission...6.5 miles!

It was mid-way through the hike that the leader announced,  "It's time for our separation break."

Perplexed as I watched all the men head in one direction while the women congregated in another, I remained motionless.

Finally, one of the women looked at me and said, "JP, it's time to pee if you have to go."  There I stood dumbfounded and speechless in front of all these total strangers now stooping, squatting and crouching.  So I'm leaving you with this burning question:  "Did I or didn't I?"  

just seeing, saying, and sharing...

Separation Anxiety

with you and those at


Of course you did. You can't hold it forever.
Ann said…
I would have been totally clueless when he said separation break. As a matter of fact I didn't catch on to what that would mean until you told us what that woman said to you. I always hated having to go outside but if you gotta go you gotta go
eileeninmd said…
LOL, I have been known to hold it a long time. Happy weekend!
Sure why not ?:) I love that you are out there and with new friends, it makes life more interesting. B
Yes, you did. Cause that's the kind of woman you are.
Angie said…
I take 'separation breaks' all the time when hiking, but I am not sure I would do it in front of other women - I would still find a tree for SOME privacy. I am guessing you took this sort of middle ground!
James said…
Regarding your question, I guess it (depends).... j/k. ;-p

I love your photo!!!

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