One of the most amazing things about living in regional NSW is the juxtaposition of a busy little town and a lazy (looking) countryside.
On the most difficult days, the longest afternoons, the most stressful days of the war against toddler crimes, I’m always busting for Pal to get home.
Not just to share in the responsibility, and give me five minutes to “clock off”. Although I’ll admit that’s a big part of our afternoon routine.
And not just because I love my husband and I like to see him in daylight hours once in a while. Although I’ll admit it’s nice to see one’s spouse between sun up and sun down.
Sometimes, if Pal is home with time to spare before dinner, he indulges me by hopping straight back in the car. We all pile in and drive.
Where to, he’ll ask.
Anywhere, is most usually the answer.
And because we live in a rural area, within five minutes of driving out our driveway, we are greeted with vistas such as these:
These photos are taken with my eye-phone, with no filters added. The places I’ve captured are so amazing anyone, even me, can take a half decent photo out there.
The truth is that these images don’t even come close to capturing the true beauty of the scene.
But what they serve to do is remind me of our drives.
The drives that reenergise my spirit. Refuel my soul. Calm my mind.
Remind me that this time, this so-called war against toddler crimes, is only temporary.
Something that someday I am going to struggle to explain to somebody – my children – how ridiculously hard but how ridiculously happy this time was. And how much I miss it.
Even with pictures.
But oh, how I will try.
Do you have a ritual that calms you? Reenergises you for the coming days? Do you like long walks on the beach? Snuggling by an open fire? Or do you like to pile your entire family into the car and yell “stop!” everytime you see a view worth taking a dodgy photo of too?