What were we waiting for?

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I wrote this last week while on vacation.

I’d just finished reading the chapter on PLACE in “The Right to Write.” I read it three times, in fact, and still didn’t get it, so I won’t be explaining it to anyone else, but I decided to try to write about the place I was at that very moment and see where it took my thoughts.

* * *
I am sitting in an Adirondack chair
perched high on a hill
in deep shade,
gardens below.
Buses in parking lots
being boarded by tour groups,
seniors all.
Having had a good night’s sleep
and a smorgasbord breakfast,
they are setting out.

I, on the other hand,
am settling in,
four days with family,
all but one already here
and that last one
arriving by plane this afternoon.
Done it! Finally after years of trying
a family vacation,
the first since they grew and scattered.
A steady breeze
and a sense of accomplishment.

* * *

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas for the last few years, we would discuss the possibility of a summer gathering, but it never seemed to happen. I think we kept waiting for the perfect place, time, cost, etc. ALL procrastination has perfectionism at its root. Anyway, this year it all came together. When I mentioned our plans to a neighbor she said, “Oh, my family’s been talking about it for years, but we never seem to do it.” I was glad it wasn’t just us.

You’ll notice I haven’t written about where we went and what we did because it really isn’t about that. It’s about the people, gathering….wherever. But those details will likely appear in future posts.

Family Vacation – #1001 in my Gratitude Journal.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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6 Responses to What were we waiting for?

  1. laura says:

    I think you understand place perfectly, Marilyn. You had me right there with you 🙂


  2. I enjoyed sitting in the shade with you. Glad you and your family were able to enjoy time away together.


  3. annie says:

    Ah, how lovely Marilyn. It is certainly wonderful when it all comes together and you all come together!

    The kids seem to try to get together every two years. has worked so far, but may not work for all this year. Will be nice to ahve three quarters of us anyway! I just let the kids work it all out. They are much better at it than I am!


  4. deidra says:

    I’m glad you all were able to make it work. It’s a gift when it all comes together, isn’t it?


  5. What a wonderful atmosphere I picked up through reading this. The point on procrastination–so true! I loved the glimmer of your vacation. Thank you for taking us there.


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