“We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand – and melting like a snowflake.” — Marie B. Ray
Mr. Push-up has yet to appear this year though we’ve had our week of spring. He and his kin will all reclaim the patio, once the girls are gone. Mr. Push-up is an enormous lizard who constantly does what his name depicts and the ‘girls’ are inquisitive canine toddlers. These are the things I thought of as I packed for our latest adventure. No, we’re not headed for a group root canal—I just have trepidations; sparkly little dust bunnies of what ifs that hang in my mind like stars on a moonless night.
The truth is, I love adventures as much as I hate leaving home. What a paradox. And it’s not like we haven’t camped in the area for thirty years. But now we’ve purchased a home in the woods, a summer home, with an adequate yard for the girls and ample room for friends and loved ones. This will be a blast! We’ll be out of the brutal desert heat, near tons of lakes for fishing and close (enough) to bookstores. I got this! I think. But will a cactus still grow in the woods?
Here’s an excerpt from my first journal entry at the summer place, earlier this month:
Patches of December snow still remained on the ground as roof edges dripped in thin silvery waterfalls at midday. A squirrel I’ve named Roger knew we were here immediately and kept up constant surveillance from a tree branch that looks right into the dining room as we unloaded boxes. I’ll have to feed him out front, once the girls get here. Can the fireplace possibly warm this entire cabin?
Turns out, a steaming mug of coffee in my hands on a more than chilly pre-spring morning was splendid! Perhaps next time I’ll take my mug outside; while Roger munches Cheez-its. And once the snow melts, I plan to check out the haunted forest that everyone speaks about in whispers.
In the meantime folks, I’m just about ready for the 7th annual April A-ZChallenge, are you?
Have you ever felt displaced? Do you like adventures? Do you have one (adventure) planned for this summer?