There is something to be said for a change of scenery. We all need it from time to time. It helps “re-set” ourselves. It gives us a chance to take a breath – a different breath – allowing some “new” oxygen into our lungs. It gives us a different perspective on things, taking us out of our normal zone of comfort for a bit. It gets us to ask the question, “what if”. What if we lived “here” instead of “there”? Would I do more, see more, live more, BE more?
We went down to Chicago this past weekend. Mom watched our little girl so my husband and I could “get away” for a much needed break – just the two of us. We went down to see a couple of dear friends. It was a perfect Autumn weekend and we were treated like royalty.
It’s a three hour and twenty minute drive down to Chicago from our house and despite the fact that I wasn’t feeling the greatest -I had the beginnings of cold – we had a wonderful drive down. It always helps to have a great playlist on the touch. It blended perfectly with the cloudy, comfort weather day. I was also able to finish the book, “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane” by Katherine Howe – a must read, by the way. The time passed relatively quickly and in no time, we were there.
The air all weekend was slightly chilled and the skies were slightly dark and muted. It was a weekend filled with amazing food – crostini, mussels, brick-oven pizzas, caprese salad, white bean soup, copious amounts of assorted wines, pumpkin chai, pumpkin pie on the rocks (a special drink concocted just for me), candied bacon, coffee, pumpkin latte, fun at the Apple Store (mostly playing with the new toys) and lots of walking – not to mention – a most splendid visit with some very special people – which above all, is why we went down to Chicago.
I wish we could have stayed longer. It was just an overnight trip, but definitely a great recharge to our batteries. I missed my little girl, of course and cannot wait until we can take her down there too. Chicago is always a fun place – so full of energy and possibility – albeit different possibilities – yet possibility all the same.
Yes, a change of scenery can be good for the soul – as well as the imagination! How can you change your scenery? It doesn’t have to be a trip out of town or anywhere that requires great effort, it might be just sitting down to write in a coffee shop you haven’t been to before or finding a big old tree to sit up against on a delightfully brilliant Autumn day. Try it. You never know what could happen. Happy National Coffee Day, by the way! Now go get a hot cup of java and start writing! Happy Day!