It is easy to exist in a cliched “live in the moment” now that I am on vacation at my sister’s Ohio house. She and her husband have an area curtained by trees on two sides. Their home is the end house on a circular drive, and the inner circle of the turnaround contains plants, some adornments and a US flag.
Within minutes of my Oregon sister and my arrival, we were treated to the sudden appearancea of a doe and her two yearlings. They stopped to peer at us with ears attentive as if we were the ones who had intruded upon their territory. Satisfied that we intended no threat, the graceful trio continued on with their journey.
Tonight I listen to the sounds of crickets filling the night air with their music. In our area of Oregon, crickets are not nearly as superfluous. We don’t feel safe opening a window after dark, and our night sounds are that of motors, boom boxes and airplanes.
I sit writing this, enjoying the freedom of serenity. I am working on my self improvement course. And while I still battle deeply rooted feelings of inadequacies on so many levels, I am starting to slowly respect the soul essence of me. Being on vacation and getting in touch with the lure of an amazing nature allows me to take some healthy steps toward honoring this squelched being who happens to be me – Andrea.