Day 55: Happy Slow Friday

What do you say? Shall we make this a thing?

If there were ever a day made, NOT for shopping or rushing, but for contemplating one’s navel, it’s today. If there were ever a day when we might realistically pull bits of food out of our hair like a sloth, it’s the day after Thanksgiving.

As Black Friday becomes nuttier and nuttier, I say we make this day a holiday for conservation in both the virtuous and the fun senses of the word: conserving not only financial and material resources, but also energy. Like, let’s move as slowly as possible. Carefully click the remote to watch “Elf” – you don’t want to sprain a finger. Ease ourself from one soft surface to another. Turn our heads at the pace of the tortoise from “Kung Fu Panda” as we crane to gaze out the window.

Gaze. We should gaze quite a bit today. And we should, like this sloth, watch the world go by. That’s something my dad used to say. He loved to pull up a chair on a porch or lawn, find himself a cup of coffee or bottle of beer, and say, “I’m just going to sit here, watching the world go by.”

It’s a dying art, but we can rescue it. The Turkey Trots have been run. The big dinner has been pulled off with a flourish. The sweatpants are stretchy. Our books and windows and ceilings have been missing us. Calls not to spend money on Black Friday can sound restrictive; I think the marketing would be sexier if they focused on the utter decadence of inaction. (My mouth is literally watering at the thought. What does that mean, when your mouth waters at the thought of doing nothing?)

Let’s make this sloth, high above the crowds, oblivious to long lines, our spirit animal for today. I think that Slow Friday, at least in my mind, might be here to stay.

Here’s this week’s recap:

Monday Motivation: An oxcart bonanza.

Tuesday Beauty: Taking life one butterfly hour at a time.

Wildlife Wednesday: One of the most incredible sea turtle videos ever shot.

Thanksgiving: A TBT to an essay on slang, gratitude and the oddities of language.

Have a great weekend!

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4 thoughts on “Day 55: Happy Slow Friday

  1. This is exactly my thinking this morning! How wonderful to read it and feel like someone is on the same wavelength as I am today. Yesterday was so much wonderful work but today is a day to sit and watch the world go by as your Dad said. I just want the day to go on and on…Enjoy and thanks for sharing.


  2. I’m the World Champion in laziness 😄 At least when it comes to shopping. And fortunately Norway still has the lazy Sundays with malls closed and most people doing other stuff or doing nothing at all. Lots of Norwegians spend their Sundays skiing, hiking, kayaking, biking… I wouldn’t exchange those stress free days in anything.


    1. That sounds amazing. Yes, it’s such a downward spiral when you decide you need to be able to buy anything at just about any time… and also when malls become a substitute for other public spaces. But that’s a whole other story.


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