16 July 2012
My Visit to The West
We just returned from the West. This trip renewed my soul.
I had some moments that took my breath away, ones that made my heart just feel alive. They brought tears to my eyes then and do so now as I think of them.
One was while sitting at my friend's kitchen table in Salt Lake City with two dear friends (S and A). They are more like family to me. They both now live in Salt Lake but previously lived in Brooklyn for many years, and it feels as though we grew up together here. I go so far back with these women that we knew each other before any of us had kitchen tables. Among the three of us, we've experienced 6 Brooklyn renovations, 2 divorces, 4 husbands, 1 apartment fire, 1 east coast black out, 1 Brooklyn home squatter that wouldn't leave for 9 months, probably 7 trips to the tow yard, 1 stolen car, the births of 3 dear children, 1 dog, 1 cruise, and more road trips and rooftop picnics in Brooklyn than we can count. We have had extraordinary experiences together. Ones that have changed us forever. I sat at that table and just cried as I felt the richness of friendship and life and what we've all experienced. It truly is extraordinary.
The next day I hiked the Y Mountain in Provo while Danny was at a conference. I had never done it before (I'd only been to Provo once before as a teenager) but headed up at 2:00 pm regardless of the hot sun. The views were breathtaking and the air so quiet.
At the top I saw a father and son as we both took in the view. He asked what I do (I tell ya, it's been a unique experience telling people that I'm a blogger :). But he knew all about blogging. He was friends with Stephanie Nielsen and Courtney Kendrick and was friends with Gabrielle Blair's brother-in-law. As we got to talking, he was very curious what it was like to share so many personal details on line. He wondered what that might be like for Danny and I and our own marriage. Well, it was then that I told him why Danny and I had anything to share about love at all. I told him a bit about our experiences and why it is that we have learned what we have...and how that all led to the two of us being together (see the first email from our 'Love Story' series here). I told him that we're so grateful for it all that now we're doing all we can to give back. And I cried. Right then and there, with this beautiful view just sweeping me away, the soil under my feet and the beauty of the earth and beauty of my life, I just cried as I told this kind stranger what it has been like for Danny and I to have a blog. He thanked me for sharing. And then a storm swept in. I said good bye and ran down with rain on my face, cool air all around me, the sound of thunder and the smell of rain and wet soil. My soul just wept with gratitude.
It is my hope that we all will have moments that tap our souls and make us feel something - something that is greater than life. Seek after these moments. See the beauty in your life. It is all around you.
Have you had any of these moments recently? If you feel so inclined, I'd love to hear.
Much love to you all today.
P.S. I'm driving in a cab home from JFK. My legs are sore from hiking. :) Blogging, a Brooklyn Cyclones game and fireworks at Coney Island, some walks with our readers, a NY Philharmonic concert in Central Park, hiking at the Adirondacks, picnics with friends, bike rides with Danny, the Olympics, and some beach days await us. I'm so excited to have many days of summer left. I want to savor every single one of them.
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