NOTE: This will be the last Lake Blackshear blog post for a few months. We are leaving on Saturday, May 14, and should arrive on the island, good Lord willing, on Monday, May 16. We’re changing our internet provider this year on the island, so I can’t tell you when the first Mackinac Island post will be online – except to say it will be as soon as possible. Just remember – island time and “real world” time are two entirely different entities! If we spend our two nights on the road where there are wireless connections, I’ll try to post at least once on our trip north. Safe travel prayers will be appreciated.
See you soon from Mackinac Island – you can visit us there, starting this weekend, at http://bree1972.wordpress.com. It’s going to be a great summer!
I bought a CD the other day by the Avett Brothers, a folk-rock band out of Concord, North Carolina. The first time I heard them they were performing on some music award show, and I really, really liked their sound. The first words on the first song of this particular CD are these:
Load the car and write the note.
Grab your bag and grab your coat.
Tell the ones that need to know.
We are headed north.
I knew immediately I’d use those lines in this final post from the ri’vah.
Animal Assisted Therapy . . . Halloween at Booger Bottom . . . memories of the ’94 flood . . . a beach trip . . . the Delta Society . . . Maddie . . . Bear . . . visits from Mackinac Island friends . . . spring flowers . . . Dawn & Stevie . . . cypress trees . . . Girls Nights Out . . . house renovations . . . Becky & Larry . . . lake sunrises and misty mornings . . . Deb & Mark . . . visits from Jason & Blair and Blake . . . Thanksgiving with the Sumner clan in Sylvester . . . Karen & Gary . . . Christmas at the lake and in Arkansas and in Atlanta . . . Paula Deen’s party . . . touring Savannah . . . Lisa . . . country roads . . . the Georgia Aquarium . . . sleep apnea and CPAP machines . . . Marianne & Cecil . . . the Flint Riverquarium . . . Polly & Les . . . painting pottery . . . Renae & Joe . . . a move to Colorado for Blake . . . Sally & Ed . . . snow in Atlanta and at the lake . . . Samille & Ralph . . . birds and squirrels . . . Sue & Charlie . . . moon over Lake Blackshear . . . golfing with Ted – and a friendly alligator . . . Terry & Tommy . . . a play in Perry . . . . and so much more.
There were so many memories as I was pulling together this last Lake Blackshear post. The collage of photos at the end of this blog sums up our winter in Georgia, and I hope you’ll take the time to shift through the photos. You might even find yourself in there somewhere!
For some reason, I’m finding it a little harder to leave our Georgia home this year, and I’ve tried to reason out why that is. For one thing, the weather stayed cooler than normal for a longer time this spring. Until the last week, we’ve had delightful weather through April and May – sunny days and highs in the 70’s and low 80’s. Perfect!
Another thing I’m finding hard to leave is the work Bear and I began here this year. When I received the May schedule from Marty the other day and saw our names listed only once, I got this sad lump in my throat. Our visits together as Delta Pet Partners have been so special, and they’ve given me a sense of maybe making a tiny difference in a few of the lives we’ve touched. I’m hoping we can find a facility close to the island to visit this summer. We’ll work on that after we’ve settled in.
But, more than the weather and the Delta work, as we grow older I think we probably cleave more tightly to our “core” – those friends and family members who have known and loved us the longest and who, even though they know all our secrets – good and bad – love us anyway. Perhaps, for that reason alone, I’ll feel this tug at my heart a little more with each passing year. We’ll see . . .
For now though, Mackinac Island – and all it has come to mean to me – beckons brightly, and my mind is speeding ahead to the season there. I’m so excited to see island friends again, attend Little Stone Church each Sunday, walk the trails with Ted and Maddie and Bear, eat fabulous food at all the restaurants, ride our bikes around the island, and watch the carriages filled with tourists come up the hill. I know from comments and emails that Mackinac Island blog readers are all set to read about what’s happening on the most beautiful rock on earth, and I’m anxious to again open our windows and doors and invite them into our lives there. I’ve missed writing about Mackinac – her beauty, her serenity, her history, and especially, her people.
So . . . grab your bag and grab your coat . . . we are headed north!
(Click on the collage below, and it will open in another window. Clicking again will enlarge the collage, and you’ll be able to scroll back and forth and up and down through the photos.) And don’t forget – you can visit the Hortons on Mackinac Island anytime at http://bree1972.wordpress.com!