|Kiss My Grits!|
|It was beautiful there!|
|On top of the world|
*To be fair, instead of doing anything I asked him to do this week, my dear husband spent some time doing disaster relief work, and used his evenings to make sure our son enjoyed his last week of summer – they went to the movies, the zoo, and the Center of the Universe.*
|I guess the middle of nowhere can get lonely|
And don’t get me wrong – I want to be where my guys are. Nothing in the mountains compares to the smile of my little boy and the arms of my big man, but truthfully, I’d like to scoop them up and take them back there with me (provided they agree to pick their dirty clothes up!). I miss the mountain.
|Seriously, look at this view!|
I’m typically a valley kind of girl. I can be sarcastic and cynical. I’m used to feeling overwhelmed and tired. It never surprises me when we all get the stomach flu following a great vacation. When I get a really great haircut, I expect that after I wash it, I’ll never be able to replicate what the stylist did and end up hating it. During a particularly exciting Sunday morning, I’m fairly certain that the church van will get a flat tire. And every time my birthday comes around, I’m waiting for someone to die (not because I’m dark and twisted, but because it happens every single year. On March 27th, take cover!). I'm used to the rain on my parade. I’ve come to expect it. For every mountain, there’s a valley.
This time, though, I’m holding desperately to the mountain – literally, in fact. I brought home several mountain rocks, thinking that if I could touch them, just feel them, I would remember. I really want to continue to feel the inspiration and calm I experienced there. I don’t want to lose it. I don’t want the serenity to fade into stress, the awe into anxiety.
And maybe it won’t.
Then again, maybe I’m deluded from the altitude since as soon as we pulled off the interstate in
after our 12 hour drive, not 30 seconds from my home, someone ran a red light and hit us! Tulsa
Sigh. Home sweet home.
YOUR TURN, READERS – What do you do to keep joy in your very busy lives? Give me some tips!