Sunday, June 04, 2006

this is what it's all about, really


I am the richest woman in the world.

This photo would not have happened if our life had gone the way it was "supposed to". If I'd had it my way seven years ago, we'd still be living in a small house in an outer suburban development too near the freeway, and nothing would have changed in seven years. Or we could have been at any one of the steps along the journey that led us back here, afraid to make yet another change.

Stress, yeah. Second-guessing? Yup, done it a lot. Regrets? Just look at the faces in that picture. NO.

We didn't have to go anywhere to do this. Our pond, our beach, is right there, and the water is always cool and inviting. By the way, it really isn't that green, otherwise I could not have survived the dip I took in it. I have the biggest garden I have ever had, we are working on a beautiful dream house, we eat some of the best home-cooked meals to be found anywhere, and we even have SHEEP! :)

I just could not be happy living in the city, or the suburbs. Some people could, but not me. I need my space, I need the bird songs, I need the frogs, I need quiet, I need my white pines, I need my garden. Sure, I need some of the things we cannot grow here once in a while, but an occasional trip to a city is okay.

The furthest I went today was out to the pond. Life is good.

6 comments:

pablo said...

Yes, indeed!

Liz said...

Nice. There's been a lot of appreciation-for-the-way-you've-got-it going around lately. :)

e4 said...

That is great. We haven't taken a dip in our pond yet, but it's there waiting. I can picture just jumping in, fully clothed after working hard all day in the summer sun...

Floridacracker said...

Ditto kiddo. I always feel sorry for those afraid to make life changes...as if life would wait. You can stand on the edge your whole life, but for those of us who jump, life IS good.

I could never go back now.

Clare said...

Know what you mean, I often feel like the richest man in the world, everytime I look at either of my children. You're very lucky to be living a life you love. All that and sheep too.

PJ said...

EXACTLY!!! Well said! I've fallen behind reading my fav blogs, so I have some catching up to do...but I was just smiling away on this blog.....we are living over that freeway until we are able to escape this cement paradise to the mountain paradise. You've got it though and it has nothing to do with $....