What a blessing to have a little more daylight at the end of every day!
Now there’s enough sunshine to enjoy a walk in the late afternoon when my husband gets home from work.
But then yesterday – in a spur of the moment decision – we veered off the path and walked right across the ice on the pond.
You know – it’s rather freeing to stand in the middle of a frozen pond and look back at the shore.
It’s a totally new perspective.
We continued on our walk, but this time – enjoying that taste of freedom – we left the trail and took off cross-country through the woods.
We followed deer trails and scared up bunnies as we zig-zagged around low branches.
We jumped over the ravine, discovered bobcat tracks, and watched several deer running in the distance.
Amazingly, we were just a few yards from our regular trail – but everything looked different.
Yes, that’s the word. Unexpected.
After weeks of routine – cleaning, school, laundry, meals, groceries – it was wonderful to find something unexpected.
The trails had become predictable. We had followed them so often we know what was around every corner.
It was time to take another route, to see things from a different angle.
To feel alive again.
We just needed to step off the beaten path.