Friday, June 29, 2012

A Traveling Ritual

Sitting here this sunny morning with my cup of coffee (well, it's actually two cups. Putting it in a giant mug makes me feel better about my "cup" of morning coffee). Feeling a little contemplative.

Today I am going home after a lovely summer break with my family. In some ways, I am a little sad to leave. I've enjoyed being apart of my brothers and parents daily lives. The weather has been perfect, and the mountain views are spectacular here in Appalachia. But I am very ready to be home. I've missed David- two weeks has been the longest we have been apart since we married, and it's felt even longer on some days. Due to a change in his research schedule, he had to miss spending our anniversary together, which made me pretty sad, and a little pissed off. But the day was exciting despite a lack of celebrating our anniversary, because my tiny new niece, Claire Elizabeth, was born in the wee hours of the morning!

Through a random correlation, I will be able to catch a ride with David's sister, who is passing through Tennessee (She attends medical school in WV). Two very excited aunts will be road tripping to visit the newest family member. And since I cannot drive stick shift, I will be happily knitting in the passenger seat. Perfect.

As I am gathering all the items that have been strewn about the house by the littles, and searching for any things that the "Borrowers" might have hidden, I am also washing all of my dirty clothes. It's my little traveling ritual. On the last day of my trip, all of our clothes are washed, dried and folded neatly to be unpacked straight back into the drawers and closets that they came from.

It takes away the overwhelming feeling of being "behind" when I get back home.

"See" you when I get back to the farmhouse. Happy weekend!


Kim said...

Safe travels home. Enjoy your knitting :)

Mama Gone Green said...

I am near the end of spending 2 weeks with my family, also away from Todd. It has been a great way to start the summer, and a wonderful change of pace, but I am also looking forward to getting back home and into a regular routine again.
Wishing you safe travels and happy knitting!

Sarah said...

My husband and I just got back from staying at my parents for two weeks, so I completely understand what you mean by being there to be apart of their daily lives. I feel as though since I moved away I've missed seeing my brother grow up, that's hard for me, but it does make me treasure the time I do get!
I also wash all the clothes! Makes life SO much easier. :)

Christy said...

What an exciting time for you & your boys to visit with family...minus hubs not being there. Glad you were able to make lots of memories!

Anonymous said...

Stick shift is so fun, you should learn if you ever have a chance! :)

Emily said...

What a great idea! My travel ritual is to deep clean the house before we leave, so I have a clean house to return to. Never thought about returning with already clean clothes, though!