I love this quote! It gives life to something I have come to feel very strongly lately. While our life is very good, the past 6 or 7 years have felt, at times, like a never-ending flogging with those wonderful things called “growing experiences”. While we have seen and felt God’s love and tender mercies in our behalf, it has been a trial to press forward with faith.
Our kids are mostly grown, the baby is 17 1/2 now and pretty self-sufficient. Paul and I have realized that we have spent the last 25 years raising kids, and not necessarily developing mutual interests outside of child rearing. I have had several friends go through divorces at these stages in their marriages, and the commonality seems to be that they have also been caught in the same rut. While Paul and I love just being together, we feel it is important to have mutual activities that we enjoy together. And so we bought a motorcycle. This may seem ridiculously common in the minutia of daily life to the rest of you, but when you have a background in ICU and ER nursing you see your share of the results of a “donorcycle” lifestyle. Paul had a bike when we married, but I made him get rid of it when the children started coming along. It seemed so irresponsible to intentionally place ourselves in a position where the odds of shining St Peter’s gate earlier than planned would be stratospherically elevated. Ok, maybe not stratospherically (oh, I DO love that word!!), but definitely heightened. Hearing frequent calls of “Trauma code motorcycle vs automobile” was just too much for me.
Now, those kids can survive without us…it would be difficult but they could do it….so the time has come to resume our shared hobby. Yesterday, we hooked up with friends and family and took a ride to an amazingly beautiful area. We had even lived there many years ago but never took the time to enjoy what was in our backyard. As we rode along, the lyrics to “America, the Beautiful” kept running through my mind; maybe these pics will show you why.
Where else but America can you worship how you want, say what you want, be who you want to be, and go wherever you want to go without having to present a passport at the state line? So far, we still have those liberties, but we must be vigilant to safeguard them.
Ok, now some pics of the fam and friends!! Woot Woot!!