Alone

(This was written on Friday, May 23.)

Life gets noisy and busy. There are times when, by the time evening comes, all I can do is sit and stare into space. Then it’s time to fall into bed and start again the next day.

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So, when an opportunity presents itself to gain some solitude and some time to just sit and think quietly, I take that as a gift.

 

I have decided to spend a couple of days doing just that in a camping spot in the Finger Lakes area of New York that few people seem to know about. There are about 9 or 10 campsites that can accommodate RV’s. You have to bring in your own water. There is no electricity, and there are no showers or flush toilets. As I say, not many people come here. It’s quiet here. There are miles of hiking trails, and there are stocked trout ponds.

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Mostly there is an opportunity to sit and quietly reflect.

 

I’ve been thinking about the fact that I seem to need quiet times like this. I haven’t noticed that many other people seek out or need quiet, reflective times. I’m wondering about that. I’m also thinking about my grandchildren. The fact that we now have a newborn baby girl (Reagan Noelle) as our sixth grandchild is a cause for celebration as well as a cause for reflection.

 

So, yes – I need quiet times for reflection. But I also need times when the house is full of the noise, disorder, and pure joy of grandchildren delighting in life together. It will be nice to have some solitude for a few days, but it will also be nice to get back to the family when I get back.

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One thought on “Alone

  1. Amen! We look forward to seeing you back at RJ. I am also looking forward to contemplation while sitting and waiting for a fish to bite – have not had a chance yet this year.

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