There is a little trip I like to take when I have some extra time in the morning on my way to work. I usually take the longer drive when Maycee is visiting family down south since there are no school lunches to make, no “hurry-up, we’re gonna be late” agendas to keep. I look forward to this trip. A trip along the back roads that twists and turns in and out of beauty.
And, as I drive I look around at the farms and ranches. I dream of what I hope to have some day, probably after Maycee is grown, but one never knows: a little land of my own with a corral for the horses, some goats, a big old dairy cow named Betty, a ranch dog with a bandana tied around his neck, some barn cats keeping the mice at bay, and a vegetable garden to make my own salads.
I drive slower than normal when I take this trip. I don’t look at the clock and think, “Gosh, only 5 more minutes until I make it!” The ocean is just over the hill, and I’ll see it again tomorrow. But, for today, I’m taking a trip.
I meander. My mind doesn’t race. I’m focused on my surroundings and the tranquility of it all. Respite.
Coming out of the tree tunnel and enjoying a few more turns I crest upon the first vineyard that we farm in the valley. Freshly planted last year, the vines are already growing up. I see the big restored barn, and the corners of my mouth automatically widen into a smile. My trip is almost over….but, not quite…
Gotta pull over and see the horsies before arriving at one of my homes away from home.
And, here we are! Traveling is a state of mind, not necessarily an expensive way of seeing the world. I’m so grateful I get to take trips like these right where I live and feel like I’m on vacation within minutes. I’m even more grateful for the destination that is my life.
I haven’t posted in a month! What the heck!?! But, we’ve been battling illness in my house-the grueling chest cold that won’t go away. Slowly, but surely, we’re both feeling better now. Then, there was spring break. And, as I explained in my post “Why I Believe in Taking Chances”, we had to put Fancy down. I needed time to grieve. Time to sort things out with God, once again. To get to a place of peace and plant my feet on solid ground.
The circle of life has shown itself again. There are two horses in need of some extra attention right at our own barn, and the owners have been gracious enough to let us ride them and “play” with them every chance we get. I’m still able to work at the barn, also, and keep our tack and supplies on hand. I will begin leasing one of the horses starting in May, allowing me to get my checkbook back on track after all the vet bills have been paid.
I’ve also been reading the book “Heaven Is For Real” and feel convinced more than ever that I will see Fancy there, along with every other animal and human I’ve ever lost. This has settled my heart.
So, Happy Spring everyone! Happy Easter! And, if you can, take a trip this week in your hometown. Meander. Dream. And, when you see something sweet, give a chuckle.