In truth, we have a little wonder why you should so rigidly absent yourself from
a place where the gratitude of the daughters might receive the support of a parent's thanks.
But absent yourself from
the family home in a running vest, Lycra or, even better, on a bike, and your hobby is transformed from selfish to saintly and from self-indulgence to self-improvement.
You don't want to absent yourself from
either too much.
In the part of the world where I come from, 'leaving' means you take yourself and whatever else you have and absent yourself from
What could be plainer than: "Do not absent yourself from
your own assembly, as some have done" (Hebrews 10:25, Jerusalem Bible).