A special place
Many years ago when my grandparents health was failing and my parents were forced to make hard choices about selling the family summer home on the beach just north of here, it was devastating. I had endless memories, the happiest and best ones, of spending time there together year after year. It took me 7 years to even go there again to visit. But as the years passed my parents sought out a new ‘special place’ to build family memories. They bought a timeshare condo in the mountains less than two hours from here. Our kids are already enjoying the sweet predictability of ‘doing the same thing’ just like my sisters’ and I did growing up. There is something rich about tradition.
That’s what drove me to pack up the van, travel without my husband and head north for two days despite a slightly sick baby and knowing I’d not sleep much at all.
So we could hike Horseshoe Bend trail….again.
So we could throw countless sticks and rocks into the raging river –
So Nana could look all “Daniel Boone” like this –
So we could discover a natural-formed teeter totter log –
So Finn could go on his first backpack hike and fall asleep –
So Audrey could squeal every time she watched a blue jay steal a peanut from our deck –
So we could swim and swim and swim some more!