Tomorrow I return to full-time life as a software architect (er, craftsman) after having enjoyed a nearly eight week long sabbatical. (Thanks, Documentum!) My original vision of life on sabbatical didn’t come to pass, largely because it was developed before my son arrived on the scene. However, that doesn’t mean that reality was less than fantasy. Actually, being able to spend such a large amount of time getting to know his personality was priceless.
- I will miss waking up to the sound of my son clanging pots and pans in the kitchen downstairs.
- I’ll miss the sound of my son’s giggle as he pulls the covers I’m hiding under and his innocent prodding to get me out of bed.
- I’ll miss seeing my son’s face light up to the phrase, Let’s go make coffee. It just won’t be the same turning on the coffee pot at work alone…
- I’ll miss the regular trips to the park and seeing my son faithfully launch himself off the top of the slide (and being caught by his Dad, of course).
- I’ll miss the frequency of playing with my son and my wife –especially seeing him gleefully flee to her at the sound of “Is it a bear?” and “I’m going to get you…”
- I’ll miss the frequency of seeing my son drive our car. (I can’t say that I’ll miss having to reset the blinkers, wipers and every other button and knob on the dashboard, though.)
Of course, my sabbatical was not centered on just my son. It was great being able to go do whatever, whenever with my family, although, in truth, we didn’t get out and about as much as we’d planned to due family illnesses.
I’ve learned a lot about blogging infrastructure by essentially doing everything manually. I did the same thing when I first learned COM–creating my own framework before leveraging ATL, etc. Given the professional results in the COM (then .NET) space, I’m hopeful that I can find the time to build a true weblog engine next–being fully aware that there are several already freely available.