"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are."
– E. E. Cummings
I put the above quote in today's blog because I was thinking that Steve and I were doing the exact opposite of what it said. I thought at first that we were taking a break from being grown ups and living a life that is free from grown up responsibilities, but in reality, at least for me, this journey so far has been about finding out who I really am. It's really funny how the responsibilities of life can take us down the path of "must do's" - - school, career, taking care of the family, etc., but not leave much time for finding out what you are really all about. I remember when Terry first went away to school and how devastated I was to find out that I had no life - - no friends, no hobbies, nothing. I was used to the grind of being the mom of a very talented soccer player that traveled every weekend. My friends were his teammate's parents because those are the only people I ever saw (outside of work).
So here I am in my 50's and just now discovering what really makes me happy. It's too bad that it takes this long to get to that point because it's almost too late to do anything about it, know what I mean? I guess, in a way, that's why I am so happy for Terry and Jill and their adventure at this point in their lives. They are figuring out now what will make them happy for the rest of their lives before they get all caught up in the day-to-day grind of being an adult. I'm not saying that they have been irresponsible or lazy. What I am saying is that they are taking this time together (and separately) to just get inside their heads, unencumbered by pressures of everyday life, and learning a lot in the process. To most of us, that would be a very scary prospect. It's much safer to just do what everyone expects of you. Just some food for thought - - - -
Anyway, we had a lovely week here in Winchester Va. We spent several days with the kids, our granddog Rooney, Jill's parents, Kevin and Mary Ann and her brother Mitch. They are a total hoot and we had many many laughs during the week. Winchester is a very quaint town that has a ton of history to it. It was sad to see how much damage it had suffered from the storm but most of the historic district was unhurt by it, so that's good. We really spent most of our time close to home this week because the heat was just so oppressive. One day it got up to 104 here and man, I don't care how much you like hot weather - - THAT'S HOT! We did get to a nearby casino and I won $20.
Alrighty. That's it for this week. We take the kids back to the trail tomorrow and head for Maryland. We are staying at Elk Neck State Park which is right on the Chesapeake Bay. Should be a pretty site and hopefully, not 100 stinkin degrees!
Take care everyone. Talk to ya . . . .