So with the family still reeling from the big cancer diagnosis, and me still trying to comprehend the fact that we would be cancelling all our summer camping weekends, it has been hard to see the sun through the clouds. So when our good friends asked us to come with them to their cabin in the woods for an unplugged weekend with our families, I was not only in, I was over the moon.
I imagined hiking with the kids and our dog Bailey, swimming in the river and drinking wine around the fire at night and it did not disappoint. I have a constant love-hate relationship with technology, since cancer burst through my door, it has been harder and harder to unplug. There have been added emails and text and Facebook messages and meal schedules and while eternally grateful for the UH-MAZ-BALLS love-fest, I was desperately in need of quiet. Granted, I was still fresh from a rather large intestinal surgery so while I would not be setting any outdoorsman records, the thought of quiet was deafening.
It was all I hoped for, we hiked to the river, we danced around the fire, feeling silly from the wine. I read a book, the kids played, the dog chewed her biggest bone ever and we had NO cell reception. It was nirvana, and it was so very needed.
In a world that feels like everything will now be noted with an asterisk (*cancer), it was nice for my world to re-center on friends and family and all the things that make my heart sing.