Sometimes on holidays a home is filled with lots of family and friends gathering to share a meal, talk, and play games and it may be hard to find a quiet spot to land, or an oasis of calm, at least while everyone is still there. Celebrating together is a much looked forward event, but this year, with COVID-19 concerns, for many people the celebrating with others is highly limited in some areas in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. In other words, unless one's home consists of a house full of kids, the oasis of calm will just continue as is while COVID-19 rages on outside the safety of ones home.
Resting her mind from the cares of the world which were weighing her down seemed so impossible, yet she knew it was necessary and so she trudged further up the trail trying to ignore the pain in her calves and thighs and the weight of the pack on her back.
She had taken the necessary precautions and let Dave know where she was headed that morning, saying only that she needed some R & R or she wouldn’t be any good for anyone.
He looked long and hard at her, trying to read between the lines the emotions he felt emanating from her body, but decided not to say anything and just nodded before she turned and headed out the door, leaving only the scent of her sunscreen.
To reach their personal oasis required more energy than she had remembered when they both had hiked the trail that first time before diverting off the path to a secluded small pool at the base of a cascading waterfall.
She remembered how they had sat on a log beside the pool, and he had listened to her and didn’t say a word; he just listened until she laid bare her troubled heart.
As she stopped to drink from her thermos, she heard quick steps around the bend of the trail behind her and Dave’s voice saying, “Wait, you can’t go there without me.”