Earlier this week, shortly after Jonny realized that there was nothing else he could do as far as unclogging our kitchen pipes, and after he called the plumber and was told that it would be Friday before they could come out (we’ve been without water in our kitchen for over a week now), Seth suggested that we drop everything and drive to James Madison’s Montpelier. My dad called as we were leaving and I explained, “Jonny and I are feeling a little beaten down right now, so we’re getting out of here…”
The day was incredibly beautiful and unseasonably warm, and it proved to be the last of that sort as it has been true November ever since: overcast, cold, and raining. We were all grateful for the time away from home, to wander the old growth forests at Montpelier in awe, leaving worries behind if only for the afternoon.
We revisited a champion Black Walnut tree, and our favorite magnificent deodar cedar. We recently planted our own deodar cedar here, wholly inspired by that one, and have been discussing what other trees we hope to plant in the coming years: yellowwood, buckeye, chestnut…the list grows and grows.
We’ve carried that day in our hearts all week. What a good reminder that we all need to make room to decompress, and that doing so makes the hard times a little easier to bear.