It happened fairly quickly,
PA and OH became safe to drive through,
MI numbers in my parents area got better;
we decided to go for it;
so the day after we were in NYC we began
a 2 day drive to Michigan, to my parents house.
For various reasons, including honouring my Husband's wishes,
I can't blog before hand about when we leave.
We just leave and live in a different dimension;
as in with family; a whirl of visits; my Husband working from my
parent's home; while my Mom, my cousin and I found the dress
I will wear in the wedding that is the weekend after we get get back to NJ.
Later my Mom and I went shopping for a tie for my Husband to wear
to match my dress for the wedding.
I went to the Dutch store, 2 thrift stores, 1 twice.
I found two cute dressy outfits; one cream, a jacket and skirt;
one a sheath long dress in linen and rayon with a jacket
(the first was 7.50 the second one was only a dollar! The thrift store
was getting rid of their summer inventory!)
I got BEAUTIFUL dishes from my Great Aunt P. who moved from her home.
I got lots of meals with parents.
I got to see my sister and family twice; my Grandma 4 times; my Uncle 3,
another Aunt and Cousin once;
stores, churches visited, all while wearing masks.
We went up north Michigan and saw my Husband's parents;
saw Husband's 3 Aunts, his parents, two of his siblings; various nieces and nephews.
A bed and breakfast (with safe protocols) for 2 nights while in Northern MI.
We had our 8th wedding anniversary dinner with my Husband's parents there.
I took many walks; drank in the green that was everywhere, the beautiful hills; the trees;
struggled with the fact that we would have to return to NJ where there is not such
beauty, such green as much as the eye can see.
I brainstormed in a journal about how to manage the coming season and the unknown;
how much loneliness, isolation; are we going to have?
Can I keep remembering this summer, hold out for it to come again,
hold out for better days; to remember to be thankful and look for thankfulness everywhere.
I pray I can, that I will.