Saturday, December 1, 2007

Back from vacation

I have finally carved out some time to sit down and write about the last several weeks. It's snowing outside, I am listening to Band of Horses VERY loudly, and I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I am no longer on vacation. Not that it's a bad thing. It's good to be home. But it truly is so lovely to have days and days where I have no schedule, where I can indulge in many hours of daydreaming or catch up with my cousins in Vermont or watch my niece swing very high on her tree swing in New York. It is so wonderful to have time with my mom where we can just laugh and drink wine, where I get to hear my cousin's amazing 17 year old son share with me his passion for languages, where I can talk about art with my brother. I savored every moment of this trip- driving through New England and seeing the multi-colored leaves on the trees, seeing the Manhattan skyline at sunset, soaking up the 70 degree weather in Myrtle Beach, hearing the birth stories from 2 generations of women in my family, playing board games, and laughing harder than I have in a long time.
It was hard to leave it all. It's hard to live so far away from such a large and loving community. But I am home now and so grateful for the amazing community I have here.
I have a lot to be thankful for.

Thank you- to ALL the family I saw on this trip- I love you all.
Here are just a few of the photos I took of you...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Clare, what a wonderful description of your visit here on the East coast - so meaningful to those of us who shared it with you. It was a joy to have you here and I hope your plan to come back "soon" becomes reality.

The pictures are gorgeous. So many memories, such great shots. I was especially intrigued to see some photos where the first few show a lot of stress in the faces, and then gradual softening and smiles, then laughter and something akin to recognition, followed by joy and relaxation. You transform people. What an enormous gift you have!
Joan Leonard