Soon, Cancan and I will head over to the East Bay for a little 24 hour mini-retreat of sorts – granted, I’m not sure if “Cancan” and “retreat” belong in the same sentence, but for now it’ll suffice.
We’ll hole up in one of our favorite friend’s houses, and we’ll sit in the sunshine and listen to the birds; we’ll eat Meyer Lemons fresh from the tree in her backyard, and we’ll slice an heirloom tomato from the local market, slowly, deliberately, and then lightly sprinkle it with sea salt, savoring each bite.
We’ll have conversations when we’re supposed to, and not necessarily because we feel like we need to – which, I think, are the best kind, because they’re felt, not pushed in to fill the empty, wordless space.
And when Baby naps – Dear 8-pounds, 6-ounce baby Jesus, newborn, let me emphasize the when of this sentence – I’ll cozy up and begin reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water because I believe in commemorating places with books, because it’s kind of the coolest and most magical thing ever for the two to marry in your mind, forever. (I also highly recommend reading a book that takes place in the land you’re visiting: Wuthering Heights in England, The Motorcycle Diaries in Costa Rica. Forever wed, I say).
Or I might not. I might just be silent, imagine that. I might close my eyes and breathe in deeply and relax and remember and be. Surely, I’ll take in some Jesus, because it’s kind of inevitable that the Spirit will seep and leak into my soul while I’m there.
And even though we’re hopping on a plane soon there after, I think the break will be quite necessary, and may even help me not scare off my fellow mankind when I’m shopping at the red and white. Ahem. I’ll come back, giddy like a little school girl to see my forever-crush, and this time I’ll notice the sun peaking through the clouds, a beacon to hope, instead of its dreary, soul-squeezing opposite.
So farewell Internet, good-bye blogosphere.
Here’s to being renewed…
(Do it, I double-dog dare you).
Do you need to get away? Where can you go that fills you up, even if it’s only for 24 hours?0