We had a lot of fun on our family getaway, even though it rained a couple of the days we were in our rather rustic cottage in the woods. One morning we got up and it was so foggy we couldn’t even see the lake which was just down the hill off the deck outside the kitchen door. It wasn’t cold, so even though it was raining we took a couple of day trips into a little town with an amazing old-fashioned Dime Store, the kind I used to shop at when I was a kid.
Not too far from where we were staying there were a bunch of covered bridges (no, not the Bridges of Madison County, but still . . . . ) so we drove around in the rain to look at a few of them. We drove down winding dirt roads, through cornfields and woods. “Mom, next time can we go somewhere that looks different than it does around our house?” Well, of course, but then we would probably have to go farther away than just 100 miles from home, in a different state. But she was right. It did look an awful lot like the cornfields and woods around our house, but it was a fun adventure searching through the dreary, misty afternoon looking for those rather dilapidated covered bridges.
Actually, there is a rather large man-made pond right across the road from our house with a beautiful covered bridge. It is not for driving on, but it is quite lovely to look at. Especially on a rainy autumn day. So we had a good time just hanging out together, playing Trivial Pursuit every evening, and doing a bit of exploring. One day we drove into Terre Haute, Indiana where we found the CANDLES Holocaust Museum which was amazing! The girls were really interested and we learned so much about the woman who started the museum:
In 1995, Eva Mozes Kor opened the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute, with a mission to prevent prejudice and hatred through education about the Holocaust. Thousands of people, including many school groups, have visited CANDLES since it opened. In 2003, the museum was destroyed by a hate-filled arsonist. Eva vowed to rebuild, and with the help of a generous public outpouring of support, the museum was rebuilt and reopened in 2005.
It was such a moving story of how one woman’s experience of terror and tragedy was turned around into a story of forgiveness and kindness. If you would like more information about the CANDLES Holocaust Museum, you can visit their website HERE.
So, even though our little family getaway wasn’t all that exciting, we had a lot of fun together. It was too rainy most of the evenings to have a bonfire, but then we can do that here at home, out on our deck, when the evenings are dry and cool. We did get to check out a few local restaurants which were OK, but I would have to say that the best part of the whole time was just being away for a few days, with no expectations or responsibilities, with time to relax and have fun. I think we need to do that again before another year goes by!
Today, however, I had a lot of work to do! It has been raining most of the day, so it was rather dark and gloomy, so in the afternoon after teaching in the morning and then grading papers and working on an editing project, I decided to get away from the computer and watch a movie. With a cup of tea, a cozy blanket, and a time to relax. Some days it’s OK just to take a break from all of the busyness of life and take time for yourself.
I hope you have time to do that once in a while. I know it is really challenging when you have a family to take care of (my girls came home later and now one is at work and the other one is doing homework so I have a bit of time to catch up on my blogging projects!), but if you can find a few minutes to catch your breath, you’ll find that it is good for everyone in your life. Give it a try, maybe tomorrow, even if it isn’t rainy at your house. You’ll see what I mean!
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