Wednesday, September 10, 2008
At first, I held out hope that they would come to their senses and realize they just couldn't be happy living so far away from us. While being outwardly supportive, I found myself secretly exulting with every hardship and difficulty they encountered. Aha, I would think, now they are going to realize the mistake they've made and head home. But no. They are happy and thriving in the South. My little family has been "mountain folk" for just over a year, and now a serious development is unfolding. They are buying a house. So. They are not coming back.
My son and his wife moved to Tennessee for a variety of reasons, all of them compelling. They wanted warmer weather, mountains to bike, rivers to swim, a simpler life-style close to nature. I understand completely and am overjoyed that they have found contentment with a slower paced life centered on their family, but sometimes I am so lonely for Ella I can hardly breathe.
I can't remember what I did for fun before she came along. Being with her makes me appreciate God and this wonderful world he made for us to play and live in. For such a little munchkin she certainly has taught me a lot and reminded me of things I hadn’t thought about since her daddy and uncles were little. Things like-
Being outdoors is always more fun than being inside.
Admire the sky least once a day, it's an ever changing masterpiece.
Dance barefoot in the grass.
Hugs, kisses and smiles should be given freely and often. They make both the giver and the receiver feel good.
Anything and everything can be taken to God in prayer:
"Lord, please bless these ladybugs and help them find their way out of Nonni's house, before we have to send them to Heaven through the vacuum cleaner..."
It’s nice to sit on the floor with dogs.
Smell the flowers, even the wilted ones.
Remember to kiss your pony after you ride.
Gaze around in wonder.
It’s okay to cry when you feel hurt or disappointed.
Hold your hands up in the air and feel the breeze.
Get down really close to bugs and stare hard at them.
A nap always helps when you feel cranky.
Look for fun, it's all around you.
And just like gems, you can never have too many interesting rocks.
God bless you Ella Belle, thanks for the life lessons little girl.
My new reality, Ella in my life at Christmas and summers. That's not going to be enough. It looks like I will be burning up the road between here and the Smokies on a regular basis. So Ella and I won't have the casual, see you everyday relationship that we have enjoyed. But, we'll make it work.
Our visits will be precious. Our time together condensed to it's essence, like coal compressed till it's a diamond, and for that, it will shine all the more.