All Who Wander

7 Jul

Adventure will always be there to inspire us and awaken our senses. It’s exciting making a trek to somewhere new wondering what it will be like — the promise of new experiences encouraging us to take that leap and give it a try.

The other piece of adventuring is returning. One day, one week, one year, however long it takes you to get back doesn’t really make that much difference. Somehow it always feels the same: a little sadness that it’s over, perhaps some thought to a future trip, and a sigh of relief when you finally walk through your door and get to curl up in your own bed once again.

Adventure takes many forms. The obvious ones you make over land and sea and the hidden ones that cross the road maps of your heart. A baby being born, setting into a new home, grieving a loss, making a new friend — they are all adventures you know, requiring taking off, finding bearings, and a willingness to adapt; to learn.

Sometimes the lines get blurred making it hard to pick out where the adventure started and where it ended. A hike that seemed insurmountable flattens out, lost luggage is returned, a breathtaking view becomes the norm — somewhere along the way stress and hardship grow into comfort.

And when you find comfort it’s easy to want to hang on to it all. To hold your breath and keep things just the way they are.  But babies grow up, people move on, healing happens, and then somehow you find yourself ready to venture out once more.

Last week I was handed something special. It drifted over like a bubble on a breeze and came to rest in the palm of my hand. Inside it was only a comfortable feeling.  Its happiness characterized by friends around a table and celebrating. I wanted to pocket it, to make it last, but it doesn’t work that way. So I appreciated that beautiful, fragile moment and let it drift on — making room for the next adventures and subsequent returns that wait among the winds of time.

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12 Responses to “All Who Wander”

  1. Nicole July 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

    As always, I love these stories =)

    • Sarah July 8, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Thank you! Miss you and hope you are enjoying your summer!

  2. Mom July 8, 2012 at 4:22 am #

    “Is this not a swimming pool?”
    “Yes, this is a swimming pool!”
    Did one swim meet observation and two visits to Sherwood HIlls pool teach her this?

    • Sarah July 8, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      Apparently it’s fun? Makes my body hurt to watch her. Oh to be 2.

  3. Carole Calle July 8, 2012 at 5:51 am #

    There’s a moment in the movie “Hook” where Robin Williams, as a grown-up, is trying to convince the Lost Boys that he really is Peter Pan. One of the boys takes Williams’ face in his hands and turns it from side to side, looking intently into his eyes, and suddenly smiles and says “Oh, Peter! There you are.” I think you have looked intently into your own eyes and suddenly realized “Oh, Sarah! There you are!.” Home at last. I love you and miss you as I will always do, but I am happy you are finally home.

    • Sarah July 8, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      That is just perfect. To feel like you have reclaimed what was lost must be one of the best feelings in the world. Thank you for this comment. I love it.

  4. Kathy July 8, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Love you! and love her working on her dive! What a great vist we had. But love how you are happy where ever you are!

    See you next time! Can’t wait!

    • Sarah July 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Time will tell if another swimmer is headed to our family!

  5. Keli Johnson Hoskins July 9, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    What in the world?? I took a little blogging break to have a baby and your baby went and grew up!! She is so beautiful … as is this post. Thanks for hanging in there with me even on my loooooong break. xo

    • Sarah July 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

      Thanks, Keli! I see it too. I can’t believe it sometimes. I always get excited when I see a blog from you pop up in my reader!

  6. Emily July 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    those 1st 3 pics are amazing

    • Sarah July 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

      Photo Credit = Ryan, of course. ;o)

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