Monday, February 15, 2021

Going

I picked going for my G post, because I have a little secret to share: 

I really like not going anywhere.

Shhh...don't tell anyone.

When we were first together, Dick was our trip planner. Back in the day, he used a travel agent - remember travel agents?  Our top destinations then were Caribbean islands and Quebec. In particular, we fell in love with Aruba and with Old Quebec City, which we call "Our Paris." Pretty much all our free time (and some work-hours time) day-dreaming  dwelt on our next visit to these places. We simply couldn't wait to go.

Here are a few pictures from the last time we were in Quebec:

  

  




In recent years, we were lucky to be able to revisit places we love in the southwest and northeast. On our trip to Santa Fe, NM in September of 2019, Dick realized that his Parkinson's makes it too difficult for him to travel - it's very disruptive to his nervous system. So we knew it would be the last trip we would take anywhere far, or by air. 

These are from that Santa Fe trip:

  

  


It felt a little sad, but we also knew we'd been fortunate to go to so many wonderful places over the years. So it was kind of like, "Well, we had a good run!" And part of me was relieved, because the traveling had become stressful as the result of its effects on Dick. 

Then 2020 hit us with a pandemic, and suddenly everyone was in the same boat. No one could go anywhere.  Whatever sting might have lingered over our inability to travel was mitigated by the fact that, had we planned a trip, we wouldn't have been able to go anyway!

Now we are closing in on a year of no-go, and I have moved into a rhythm of my days that I really cherish. Some might call it dull, but I call it simple, abundant, and peaceful. The less I have to go anywhere, the less I want to go anywhere.

Some people are chomping at the bit to get out there and GO! I don't blame them, and it will be nice for the world to move forward again. But just living each day without always making plans has been nice, and I'm not wishing the time away. I'm happy just hanging out here with Dick and the ducks.




5 comments:

  1. ❤ I'm not sure about anything right now, other than it makes me stressed to go anywhere. I am very, very glad that you two are well.

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    1. Thank you - we are. It is stressful to go anywhere and so it is a happier place to be at home. I'm grateful that we have a pretty setting with daily visits from birds and ducks, and lots of photos from our travels!

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  2. I so understand not wanting to 'go'. I am a home body. A dull as ditch water and content home body.

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    1. Me too! I love that "dull as ditch water" and will use it in my book!!

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  3. What wonderful photos and memories you must have from all those places. As life changes around us, we adapt. But I'm sure you still have some amazing, local destinations to visit. In 2019, we did a lot of local tourist things rather than go away anywhere, and it was a lot of fun!

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