I just got back from a fabulous trip to Stratford, Ontario for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival there. It was so wonderful — we stayed at a B&B with beautiful gardens and a patio on the river, and I was able to take time to just wander and sit and relax in lovely surroundings. The whole trip just made me realize that I am so lucky with my life — lucky to have the leisure time, and the expendable income, to go on trips that are so rejuvenating. In the grand scheme, that’s a pretty rare thing. To be able to trave, to be able to attend theater, to just be able to leave worry behind for a few brief days, when the world is such a madhouse.
The thing I’m most thankful for, though, are all the wonderful people I seem to have collected throughout my life. Imagine traveling with 7 other women, a 9-hour car ride, staying with them, eating with them, spending most of your free time with them, and never getting sick of them. They even threw me a surprise baby shower at the B&B, which was a total surprise. Not only were my traveling companions there, but so were several members of the board I’m on, the Chicago Associates of the Festival, most of whom have probably talked to me 5 times in their life. It was so touching to me that so many people wanted to wish me well. And the best part is, that’s not my only group of fabulous friends. I have so many good people in my life that give me so much strength and so much to aspire to. I just can’t get over how many good things I have, through no real effort on my part, actually. The only word I can think of when I think about it is “blessed,” which is something I don’t say very often.
These are the things I think about when I read too much news, and get too depressed about the world and the future, and worry about bringing a little person into all this mess. I remember all those good things that I have that I didn’t really do anything to deserve, and if I can have a wonderful husband, walks through flower gardens, laughter with friends, and time to read a good book, then hopefully so will our baby someday. That is a hopeful thing.