Do you know that song? It was written by Australian country singer Geoff Mack and recorded by several American country artists over the years. Well, I haven’t been everywhere, but it feels like it.
The last 8 days I have been tucked away in the mountains of northern Georgia with my female family members. What a great week. It was a perfect place to be while the world was becoming unhinged. We felt very protected embraced by the mountains and the trees.
It was such fun to wake in peace every morning. No TV, just being with family. We had a juke box, so we had several dance parties and laughed like crazy. While our girls soaked in the hot tub and enjoyed wine at night, Grandma and Nanny painted sun catchers, baked cookies, blew bubbles and went for little mountain walks full of discovery. We found some very precious sticks, rocks, dandelions and old bee hives. We did some imaginary fishing from the balcony with old sticks and caught some whoppers which put up a big fight!
We had a couple of sunny days and one of those days we ventured out for our only trip away from the cabin. We went to a nearby orchard which excited my granddaughter beyond belief. They have a cafe and a good-sized marketplace where we got some apples, some cider donuts, and she even enjoyed a sweet cream gelato.
The remaining days were rainy or foggy which suited us fine. Temperatures were such that we still enjoyed the deck a lot. We cooked and laughed and played games into the early morning hours. It was a treat for sure.
I ended up driving home alone. It was a peaceful 3 hour drive. As I crossed from Georgia into Tennessee, the fog had the roadways totally socked in. Visibility was about 20’ so I crawled across the mountains. I chuckled as I passed a couple of scenic overlooks. There was nothing to see of those grand mountains – just fog!
Back home the world is in panic. I am such an empath that I must fight hard not to carry everyone’s burdens. So I am keeping my circle small. Looking at local news and limiting my time online. I am of course, concerned about my family, especially those who do not have the luxury of working from home. These are stressful times, so self-care is important.
As for now, I am holding on to mountain memories, remembering the tranquility and the love that surrounded us in every moment.