Every now and again I need to visit my "happy place". Personally, visiting your happy place is like a shot in the arm or better explained, a good dose of Vitamin D. Not that the Vitamin D element doesn't happen periodically where my mailing address is located, but that vitamin is in abundance in my hometown. Yep, my happy place for the next few days is where I was born and raised, the State of Virginia.
It is a little crazy how the sun pops out when we cross over into the southern states, but yesterday on our drive to Virginia to visit with my mom the sun was so warm in the car we needed to open the vents and turn off the heat! It might be a little silly for a grown woman to get so excited about the sun, but in the winter months the days (although getting a bit longer in minutes) can grow long and those seemingly hard emotional burdens grow a bit heavier.
I am fully aware that the memories and remembrances I have of growing up here encompass hardly any negativity. It's just the way the mind has of getting rid of the bad and only focusing on the good. It's the warm thoughts of Sundays worshiping with all my friends, singing in the choir, playing with the neighborhood kids in our backyards, hanging out with my best friend, sleepovers, football games working in the concession stand, cheering for the high school team, the sock hops, Sunday dinners at my Grandma's and on we could go. The list would still be in the process of being written.
That's why you continue to explain for the 100th time the building and places you pass by as you enter town again and the family rolls their eyes because they've heard it over and over. But you can't help yourself....it's part of who you are.
So for the next few days I will smile and remember. I will reminisce with my mom whose dementia decreases as we talk about days gone by. We will laugh and share and enjoy those memories as only we can because we lived it together.
May God bless each one of you with warm thoughts that will envelope you as an enjoyable blanket on a cold winter's day!