As I sat in the Emergency room with my father on the Friday night of my summer vacation I realized that more than anything in my life at this moment, I needed to slow down. I had a piece of purple cabbage from my dinner salad stuck in my throat and it wouldn't budge. You see, I had been chatting away incessantly while I was eating dinner. In fact I had been chatting away incessantly for the two days that I had already been there. I thought I had relaxed. I thought I had caught up on sleep. But the blubbering stress ball that I have curled up into in the past few months since I've been living my dream has been the most stressful time in my life in as long as I can remember. I thought I was relaxing from Monday to Friday doing crafts and taking the dog and C to the dog parks but really I was just starting to get the treadmill warmed up and as the summer passed the treadmill got faster.
It was a relief to get off the treadmill. It was a relief to not be obligated to do one single thing. I barely got our bags packed to return!
Thank you mom and dad. Andrew and Jodie. Luanne. Aunties. Cousins. Friends. I wish we could have stayed longer! You lightened my load, possibly unintentionally with just listening to me babble. I love you all and miss you daily. XO. S