Easter Sunday, 2012 was a beautiful day .. as well as a bittersweet end to an incredible week of vacation, one unlike any other in my life, I realized as I pulled back into Madison late last night.
We almost always drive wherever we go. And we are almost always going from place to place, spending only a couple days in each place .. visiting quickly before we’re off again.
This vacation, we settled in. Felt at home. And soaked up all we could of a place I never dreamed we would want to do much more than drive through on my way somewhere else .. a community (several) of people who all know each other by name, who have each others backs .. and a family we adore and can’t wait to see again.
Easter Sunday, we woke. The Easter Bunny had successfully made his trek around the world again .. paying the ranch a wonderful visit on the way. There were baskets. Easter eggs hidden everywhere. And four sweet kids running on jelly bean-chocolate bunny-peanut butter egg-hubba bubba highs around the house trying to find them all.
The Cowboy got the boys ready for church while the girls got into their Sunday best on their own ..
We went to church. Which, on a holy day like Easter Sunday, was packed. Apparently like the Cowboy’s family had never seen before. Even getting there early meant the eight of us ended up on folding chairs in the church basement with about 50 others, having to watch the service on tv. At one point, there wasn’t anything that happened in that service that didn’t set the Cowboy and I off laughing.. which I felt bad about. But couldn’t help it. And, I believe it all started before we even reached the steps of the church as we watched two young women/girls trying to keep some of the shortest new Sunday dresses I’ve ever seen from flying up in the wind as they walked gingerly in their 4 inch heels into Catholic Mass .. not sure why that struck us as funny but it did .. and it just got better from there. Egging us on especially was a woman to our right singing her heart out but so incredibly off key. Which .. not that there’s anything wrong with that. But on top of everything else .. It was a wonderful Easter morning and it felt good to be in church, yet it was a strangely humorous scene.
The Cowboy and I tried after that .. to not feel time weighing on us, like it always does when one of us has to leave to return home .. and just enjoy what was left of the day, our time together and the chance to be with family – especially the kids.
There was one more afternoon of riding. Of working around the ranch. And time with family. The Cowboy’s mom prepared for us all an incredible brunch .. and there were more Easter baskets and candy of course to be shared, before we all had to part ways.
I often shed a tear as we leave to head home because .. the girls asked why the other day .. well, because it’s just sad, I told them. I never take for granted I will see those I love again and I usually tell them to a fault, how much I love them and to travel safely until we meet again. Plus, I just love being there.. Or having the Cowboy here. So what lies in-between just kind of stinks.
This time however, it was my daughter I was consoling as we pulled away ..
“I don’t want to leave, mom” .. she said, crying as we hit the road for home. And the fact that it was her prompting that got us to stay in one place the entire week, made me feel very blessed that she seemed to enjoy not only our time together as a mom and daughter .. but a vacation we look forward to every other year .. and perhaps most importantly, that she is feeling increasingly at home with the Cowboy.
As I ground beans for a fresh pot of coffee this Monday morning and reflected on the time .. I am just purely grateful for every moment this past week … Especially the down time together, something I know I can always do better at.
Along with that, the fact that never once, for us anyway this past week, was there an alarm clock set. (I am reminded of that, as I hear one going off in my daughters room.)
Here we go, I guess. As I pour the beans into a filter and hit brew, I’m thinking ..
Back to the old grind.
It may not be the vacation blend .. but it is still a pretty good, robust brew. And I am just trying to enjoy every sip ..