On Hotel Rooms and Exhales

September 12, 2013

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I saved you some pillow.

I saved you some pillow.

There is something about hotels, isn’t there?

I travel for work a bit. It’s harder for me to do that now, but I try to find some piece of it to look forward to and the hotel is usually my favorite part. I just try not to think about bedbugs as sleeping partners or what a black light might reveal at any given moment.

It’s better that way.

I don’t travel enough to notice the room decor, or the know the menu at the restaurant downstairs. I only travel enough to enjoy a day or two here or there, recognize hookers in the lobby bar, and appreciate a fluffy white bed.

There is peace in the quiet and the anonymity. I rarely turn on the TV and, because of that, there are moments where it feels like anything could happen. Sitting cross-legged in the  middle of the bed, hair piled on top of my head and laptop on, I half expect an unexpected knock at the door that never comes, but still Рit could.

Hotels still feel like possibility. They still have memories that are sweet, or triumphant, adventurous or mischievous, and always full of story. I think I carry those around and unpack them all a bit in each hotel room. They travel well.

For all of the escape and massive room I can command in the bed, at some point, the bed feels too big, or too empty – and that is the reminder that this is only temporary, a borrowed pause.

But until then, this room is mine – and the 68 degree temperature reading on the thermostat will be perfect for snuggling under layers of white, and breakfast in bed will be the perfect bookend.

Until next time.

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2 Responses to “On Hotel Rooms and Exhales”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    All the magic of hotels was beaten out of me during a three month work stint where I lived in a big Hilton…

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    • pamlewis Says:

      THAT would wear anyone out. Remember when I had to do the same a few summers ago? That took the magic STRAIGHT OUT – or maybe it was because they were bad hotels. :)

      Reply

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