Monday, February 26, 2018

Remembering Mom

Someone touched my hair the other day.  It was someone I know well, it wasn't weird or anything.  I don't know if it is because I have long hair but people do that. I don't mind.  In fact it reminds me of my mom.

I think I have blogged about this before, how my mother would brush my hair, as all moms do.  But at night, if I couldn't sleep, she would run her fingers through my hair.  If we were standing in line somewhere she would just put her hands around my hair, as if she was putting it in a pony tail.  I know with children, I have done that as well, standing behind a child with long hair.  It is like an instinct to reach out and touch the hair.  OK so children I know well, with parents I know well, I am not touching the hair of strangers. 

It feels comforting to me when people do it.  It just brings back those warm memories of my mom.  Sometimes I really miss my mom's ability to comfort and calm.  Not that my mom was perfect, but I think most can relate to missing the good things about mom.  Missing being able to reach out and talk things over with her.  Miss her touching my hair.

Friday, February 16, 2018

It's Been a While: Hiking With My Sons

It has been a while since I have posted here.  Busy days, make it hard to gather my thoughts and enjoy posting on my blog.   But it is something I want to find space for.   I volunteer for the Burke County Democratic Party, have for over a year now, in different capacities.  And it does take up time and energy.  Knowing that, my word for 2018 is BALANCE.  So I have been working to maintain the balance in my life: Family, Herbal Work, Volunteerism, Exercise and Self Care.   All of those take up time, so my blogging has slipped.  It was a casualty of a

busy life.   But I really aim to get back on track.  Maybe not as much, but to post with some regularity.  Figure out how to squeeze that into my life, in some capacity.  I just really enjoy looking back through my posts, what I was thinking and doing at certain points in my life, so I want to bring that forward once again, into my future.   BALANCE...right.

So here I am, in this moment, enjoying what is before me.  I volunteer at the Democratic Party Headquarters every Thursday from 10 AM- 2 PM.   I am there on other days as well, but not regularly.  On Thursdays I am there from 10-2.   As I walked out of the headquarters building yesterday, the sunshine hit me like an old friend saying hello after a long separation.  It just seems like the rain had set in for so long, I forgot what a sun shiny, nice day felt like.  The temperature was 75 degrees and it was so beautiful.  The thought hit me to grab the boys and get outside.  So I jumped in my car and headed home, ran in the house and just blurted out "let's go hiking".   Now mind you, it was 2:30 in the afternoon so we weren't going to do any major hike, but I wanted to get out in the fresh air and leave it all behind for a little while.  As hard as it is for my oldest to be "spur of the moment", he was whole-heartedly in as was my youngest.  We were out the door before 3:00 and on our way.  We decided on Linville Falls, as it was familiar, so we knew that it was all uphill, we wouldn't have to worry as much about washed out trails from the rain.  It was short, so we wouldn't be hiking after dark.   And with all the rain, the falls should be spectacular.

Linville Falls did not disappoint.  You could hear the rushing water for the whole walk up the hill.  We met only a few people on the trail and no one was out looking over the falls while we were there.  I love it when we have peace and quiet like that.  We can just sit and enjoy watching the rushing water.   We all agreed that this was a great idea, and we all needed the getaway, even for a short time.  It was also a nice reminder of what is to come, as I plan to do a lot of hiking this year.