May long weekend is behind us and it is back to our normal routine. The house is quiet again with everyone back to work and school and the chaos of a weekend passed awaits my vacuum and mop. So I decided to take some time for myself this morning before facing what lies ahead in my day and take a walk in nearby Ellenwood Lake Provincial Park.
All the Provincial Parks are open now in Nova Scotia, so I could drive right down to the lake this morning and start my walk from there. I was the only person in the entire park and it was an amazing treat after a busy weekend to enjoy the solitude. I could listen to the birds, watch the squirrels and just take a deep fresh breath of the damp air. It had rained over night and everything felt so clean and green and new.
As a Mom, I am always needed and wanted. Sometimes it can feel that I am pulled in too many directions at one time. Soccer, ballet, band and after school activities. Mountains of laundry, housework, cooking and cleaning. The list goes on, and is a long one. I'm not complaining, I truly love it, and after having been a working Mom, I really appreciate being a Stay at Home Mom. A lot of people say it is the toughest job in the world, but it really isn't. It is an absolute privilege and I appreciate it each and every single day. ( Although you may want to ask me at the end of this day of laundry and cleaning if I still feel that way )
But being a Mom is all encompassing and it is so very important to give oneself permission to take some time to be alone and be free. And for me there is no better way to do that then in nature. I love the sights and smells and sounds of the woods. The empty pathways and lanes with the canopy of trees overhead invoke a sense of peace that washes through me as I wander.
Having the park to myself this morning was a true gift. As summer approaches the campground and beach will soon be filled with laughter. Voices will echo through the trees and the smell of wood smoke from the campfires will linger in the air. But today, it was all mine, and for that I am so thankful.