Thanksgiving came, and with it a mini-vacation for us. We packed up the car with potatoes, rutabaga, carrots, onions, garlic, squash, beets, and one large turkey, tucked Waylon into the car seat and headed south to New Jersey, driving through the night on Tuesday and arriving at Edge’s parent’s house just as early morning travelers were taking off. My father-in-law came down the stairs as soon as we entered the kitchen, and as the house woke up I laid down and fell asleep.
The drive was worth it, bringing us away from the to-do lists and unfinished projects and into the warmth and light of a full family home. We slept in, watched movies, played games and made art with our nieces, and cooked and baked and ate. Waylon and Autumn, cousins only two weeks apart, met for the first time, bringing laughter as we watched many expressions pass over the two babes’ faces. As hard as it is to leave the farm, being away brings a necessary break, a chance to be with family, to see past the to-do lists and let our minds wander out into more creative territory, rejuvenating us.
We stayed until Sunday, and with many hugs we were on our way, driving back in daylight this time. The dogs wiggled and scratched at the door when they saw us, and I smiled at the familiar greeting. Part of the luxury of getting away is then coming home: stepping out of the car, buzzing and overtired after a day of driving to stretch beneath the sky, wide, dark and twinkling, to breathe in the cold quiet of home on an early winter night, to crunch through the sticky layer of snow to the front door and open it once again.