Friday, February 1, 2013

the road less travelled

Sometimes, we don't have a map. We find ourselves wandering, circling back around, searching for the trail. Nothing. No signs, no markers, no well-worn paths to show us the way. And so we guess. A gap in the trees; we'll take it. We walk beneath the enormous grey electricity pylons, half expecting to be arrested for trespassing, sure that at any second we'll stumble into a mess of wires. It's less than idyllic, but a hundred times better than loading the girls back into the car and driving home hike-less.

Our path turns, away from the power plant we thought we were destined for, and we catch a glimpse of something shimmering through the tall grass. A little further, and we find ourselves on the grassy shore of Lake Bryan. A dozen sailing boats are having a sailing lesson; they spin and tip and jostle each other, and the students' voices carry across the water to us as we eat our bananas and alphabet pretzels in the grass.

And I suddenly have a new favourite place. A favourite location: here, beneath the criss-crossed clouds on this warm spring afternoon, in this secret little spot. And here, in the unchartered, lonely territory of being a family far from family. I'm reminded that what can seem like a bleak march along a bumpy road can open up into something far more dazzling than I'd imagined. The lake was always there, at the end of the path, even when we doubted.


Sophie C. said...

I love the way you write...deep and enlightening. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, doubts and revelations. Thanks from France.

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Such wonderful words and photos! So great to read a bit more of your writing. I guess you didn't find any road kill on this road!

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