I adore walking early on spring mornings. The air is fresh and crisp. The world is full of promise. Anything and everything seems possible. It’s gorgeous and glorious.
Last year, when I cared for my mom in her rural home, I treasured getting up at dawn in spring and summer for a bit of alone time.
I would sneak out of the house while Mom was still asleep (and before Caroline arrived to share the care-giving responsibilities), and take pictures of the beauty I found around me.
I stayed close enough to the house so Mom could find me if she awoke. Being outside as the new day hatched gave me a taste of freedom, even while I was imprisoned (voluntarily), in my care-giving role. These stolen moments in beauty and solitude kept me going from one day to the next. I especially loved discovering summer flowers in full bloom, and finding unusual things like these 16 surprises on a rare weekend away.
Mom was placed in a home in mid November. I’m still close by, and I visit her every day, sometimes after an early walk, which has become a bit of a tradition.
Here’s a sample of this morning’s glory: