The dogs and I are just back from our morning walk, and it's the nicest one we've had in a long, long time.
One of the reasons I was ready to leave New York was that the dirt and noise was starting to wear on me. I've always been a city person (although I grew up in the suburbs, I always knew this to be true) and I accepted the down side of NYC as part of the package. Through my 20s and most of my 30s it was an easy trade-off.
In my late 30s, I had some health problems, and spent a prolonged period of time mostly holed up inside. Trapped in my apartment, the equation became harder to justify. I started to think seriously about moving away. After my health improved, my outlook on NYC improved, too, but my priorities had changed.
I still want a city to be there when I want it, but I also crave clean and quiet. Each year when we went upstate with the dogs, I was increasingly aware of this. (I blogged about this early on.)
This morning Buster, Cody and I walked on the lakefront trail. The quiet was punctuated by the calls of geese and ducks. Swans skimmed along near the shore. A ribbon of sunlight stretched across the Lake to the horizon. Shurbs and flowers line the trail. It is green. It is quiet.
Except for the lake, this is how I would start my day on vacation in the Catskills. It would help me feel peaceful and centered all day. But that was usually one week each year. A few years ago we were able to go for a month, in lieu of other travels. But every morning? That was a fantasy.
Now, weather permitting, I can begin each day this way. Even while I type this, there are leaves outside my window, and the sounds of birds chirping. We lived on a relatively quiet street in New York, yet our apartment would often be so loud I couldn't think straight. Like I said, this was an easy trade-off for me for a long time. I had to be right in the center of the action all the time. Now, I like being a bit off to the side.
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Allan's clearing customs right now; I stayed home for Bladder Dog. Hopefully I can get some painting done before Redsock returns.
I hope you are all well.