A few days after I got home from Cape May, I received the postcard I sent to myself from there.
Mike poked fun at me for sending a postcard home to myself, but it was a nice reminder of some of the special encounters I had along the way, making me feel like I wasn’t the only person in the world dealing with family problems. I remember snuggling up under heavy comforters in my room at the Pink Cottage, while the wind howled outside, and writing this postcard. I’ll hold dear this special time in Cape May at a time when I really wanted to pamper myself. My time there also gave me some distance from my problems, and helped me consider how I can love my son but let go of him and his choices at the same time. Love but detach. It’s hard for a mother to do, but necessary. I can only live my own life; his life is his to live as he sees fit.
It was fun to give the gifts of lotion and soaps from Bath Time to my grown children as stocking stuffers at Christmas (yes, I still do stockings for my adult children!). I still haven’t soaked in the LushUSA Bath Bomb. I’m saving it for a time when I really feel down. And, once it’s spring, I’ll love wearing my two new scarves.
I had fun editing my photos, deciding on the five iconic things about Cape May and posting them, and also writing my 5 senses experience of Cape May.
On some warmer weekend in the future, I’m going to return. 🙂
“ON RETURNING HOME” INVITATION: I invite you to write a 500-750 word (or less) post on your own blog about returning home from one particular destination or, alternately, from a long journey encompassing many stops. How do you linger over your wanderings and create something from them? How have you changed? Feel free to address any aspect of your journey and how it influences you upon your return. If you don’t have a blog, I invite you to write in the comments.
For some ideas on this, you can check out the original post about this subject: on returning home.
Include the link in the comments below by Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. EST. When I write my post in response to this challenge on Monday, May 7, I’ll include your links in that post.
This will be an ongoing invitation on the first Monday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂
I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!
the ~ wander.essence ~ community
I invite you all to settle in and read a few posts from our wandering community. I promise, you’ll be inspired!
- Suzanne, of Being in Nature, wrote a thoughtful piece about returning home from Petra, Jordan, along with a beautiful haiga.
- Carol, The Eternal Traveler, mentioned in an earlier comment that being able to get a good shower is important when she returns home. Here, she writes a reflective piece about New Zealand’s “10 Best,” including that ever-elusive decent shower.
Thanks to all of you who wrote posts about “on returning home.” 🙂