This afternoon I sat on the porch and read a book ending my vacation in the same way I began it. Yes. I did more than sit and read.
There were walks in the woods and kayaking on the lakes and time with friends.
There were day trips to places we had not been before.
And another couple of days spending time in a place which holds wonderful memories for me and longer, more meaningful memories for my wife. But, even if I had just sat on the porch and read and looked at the mountains and watch it grow dark in the evening, it would have been enough. More than anything else what I needed was to press the pause button.
To be quiet.
I am grateful for the days just past.
They were and are just what I needed.