It has finally been pounded through my thick skull that I do not owe anybody anything and I do not need to feel bad or apologize if I don’t update for a few days. So I have decided to cease doing so.
Of course, explanations are another thing. “Hey, y’all, I’m writing this from an internet cafe in Kathmandu. I’m going to be climbing Mount Everest, and it doesn’t have WiFi, so I’ll be gone for a couple of weeks. But I’ll be back soon, assuming I survive.” If I need to be gone for an extended period, I’ll let you know. But there will be no more, “I’m very sorry, but I can’t update for a few weeks because I’m getting married, and my husband and I would like to spend some time together after the wedding. Please forgive our selfishness in the face of the plight of missing people everywhere.” No more of that.
(I’m not getting married, by the way.)