Our lives are now entwined on Facebook (a good thing about social media!) and we have the chance to keep up over the winter.
|Beaver Lake - Ahoskie, NC - April 30, 2011|
This all being said, I got to experience this family after a long drought on Saturday. We caught up on the winter and planned for summer. I got to ski - trick and jump. And I cannot explain how awesome it felt to be back on the water. The air was cold (actually colder than the water), but it was exhilarating. I did not want to stop, but of course, I could not be a water hog. I left the day feeling like I had done exactly what I was made to do that day. It was a peaceful and content feeling. I loathed the fact that I had to return to normal life, and spent most of the 2 1/2 hour ride home brainstorming how we could move closer to our ski sites, and live a much simpler life - away from the traffic and consumerism. Skiing has always been a social sport, but laid back and often in very rural parts of the state. (New London, Southmont, Ahoskie, Lillington, Harmony...have yall even heard of these places? well, they exist!) Don't get me wrong, I love being near certain amenities, but they are not what's really important in life. It's not that I want to ski more (and I do!), it's that I want to have land, space to sprawl out. I want to sit on my back porch and not hear, or see, ANYONE. I want to drive into a town where they know me, and know my family, and care about me. You can't really get that in Durham, if you know what I mean.
As we drove home, I gazed at the houses along the highways that overlooked fields and fields of land, and felt envious. A few years ago, I probably would have thought to myself, "who the heck would want to live all the way out here...ugh!" But now, I long for it. Am I crazy?