It was a Sunday afternoon and I needed some quiet time in nature. The best and closest place I could find was a school playground. I gave in to the shade of a tree, sat down and closed my eyes. Only a block away traffic roared and all around me people were busy with Sunday yard work.
It is Winter Solstice and while we know the days will begin getting longer, that the sun is returning…we also know that it is a slow process. It is the first day of winter and so we must make peace with the dark cold days of the season.
We Took The Long Way Home...Which wasn’t my intention at all. Grace, Amber, two cats and me, Cat, were headed back to Florida. Just thinking about twenty hours of driving made me tired. Anxious to get the drive over with I left Kansas City with my foot heavy on the gas pedal. I wanted to do it in one day.
I was more than a little bit intimidated. I was feeling fear the closer we got to one another. Yet I wanted to know him, and I wanted to get close. He was gorgeous and proud, sleek and strong. He weighed 250 pounds.
I used to carry around this unopened bottle of Rescue Remedy, the flower essence for stress. Every time I moved, from one side of the country to the other, I would unpack it from a box and put it on a shelf in the medicine cabinet.
I couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of me. The snow was coming down in large beautiful flakes. My sight was becoming more and more limited with each mile and I couldn’t feel the road beneath us.