Sunday, October 02, 2011
The trip down memory lane met every expectation I had. My mom remembered a great deal about her childhood, showing me the farm she grew up on and even the farm where her mom grew up. She told me some great stories I hadn't heard about her family and some of the stories I had heard over and over meant more when I saw the locations in which they occurred.
We spent some time at a lake my grandfather helped to "build," with 11 other men, all dredging with their teams of horses to make a dam around 1932. It is beautiful. We visited distant cousins on her mom's side and her dad's side. There are only 2 of her generation left and we saw them both. We visited several of her classmates and saw schools she attended, as well as the school I attended from kindergarten to fourth grade.
I did not enjoy the driving. Living in Florida I'm used to straight, flat roads and when I'm on the interstate I know which lane to get in and where to turn. My mom's old homeland is rolling hills, with twisty roads. It was beautiful, but I couldn't always look as I was trying to get us to where we were going in one piece. Getting around the airport in the city was challenging, too. Nonetheless, it was all worth it.
One bonus was that we got to see the leaves changing without having to endure any really cold weather. It rained a few times, but even on days it rained, the sun came out for part of the day and it was just gorgeous. I don't think it got under 50 degrees the whole time we were there. I got to walk every day, usually in a spot of great beauty. Unfortunately my cough was bad throughout the trip and I decided not to run. Hope I can shake the cough in order to train for my next 5K in 2 weeks and 10K in 6 weeks, but I'll just do the best I can. I suspect I really need to study immunities and make an effort to build mine as I've had 3 colds this summer that has really messed with my exercise plans.
I felt very good about my eating 9 of the 12 days, and not bad 2 more days. One day I really blew it, letting myself get too hungry and then having no good choices. I think I'll wait a day or two to step on the scales to let any sodium weight dissipate and then I'll see what action, if any, I need to take.
I sure wish my mom didn't live half a continent away, but I sure am glad we shared this very special time together.