Taking The Long Way Home……

If you follow my blog regularly you may have noticed that I didn’t post anything last week. I was fortunate enough to be on a road trip with my daughter Anna. We went to Arizona and had a wonderful time. On the way there our focus was primarily on driving and “getting there”. On the way back however, we took the “long way home”.

Those of you who know me or have ever spoken to me for more than a minute, are keenly aware that my favorite author is Jason F. Wright. In my favorite of his novels “The Cross Gardener” he writes about “taking the long way home”. When I asked him what taking the long way home meant to him he said:

“Taking the long way home is all about not rushing through life like it’s a highway and we cannot wait to get to our exit. Taking the long way home means never rushing to grow your kids up and get them out the door. It means taking your time at the dinner table. It means going on long and frequent dates with the person you love. It means looking out the window and recognizing just how much joy is found in the mile markers.”

What a beautiful sentiment, right? I decided that during this trip I would make an even greater effort to take the long way home. This was especially important to me because my trip mate and youngest daughter Anna recently became engaged! While I am ecstatic for her and her sweet fiance, I am also a little hesitant to admit that my baby girl is “all grown up”. The “mile markers” go by much too quickly. So, I am trying my best to slow them down as much as I can and cherish the joy in that oh so important mile found between each one…

On this particular trip, taking the long way home meant: a few scenic routes, a detour to see where a meteor crashed, some much too quickly executed off ramps and a few “extended” turnarounds to catch each of the souvenir shops that Anna thought looked promising. It meant that by the time we reached Albuquerque it was pitch black, but that we were able to enjoy the beautiful twinkling lights of the city together. It also meant that it was almost midnight when we finally reached our hotel for the night….

So, sometimes taking the long way home means that you don’t get to where you are going as quickly or as smoothly or that you miss a few hours of sleep in the process, but isn’t it worth it? The answer to that question is easy. Without hesitation….YES!

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12 Responses to Taking The Long Way Home……

  1. Sabrina "Your Twinner" Showalter says:

    This Is My Favorite Blog Post So Far! I LOVE IT! I Also Love Taking The Long Way Home.
    Love & Blessings


  2. Rose Haynes says:

    I really like this one. I love taking the long way home. Or if you can’t take the long way then take the short way a little slower because it’s the journey, not the destination. I used to travel on my job and I got to drive a lot. At first I got to drive by myself and I loved that because I really didn’t care when I arrived and I could just enjoy the trip. But then I started travelling with my boss. I enjoyed her company, but she was the type of traveler who was intent on getting there as quickly as possible. So when she was in charge, we drove straight there, no stops, as fast as she could possible get by with. The only good thing about that was I could sit back and enjoy the ride. I could tell that she hated when I drove b/c I’m a stickler about driving the speed limit and that was never fast enough for her. I’m so glad you wrote this. We all need a reminder to slow down and enjoy the space between the mile markers.


  3. Deborah says:

    What a great reminder and one I need often. (:

    Sounds like you guys had a fun trip. Did you go to TOFW? So jealous, but in a good way.

    – Deb


  4. Nichole says:

    I love you and your outlook on life. I was just telling Ms. Cassie the other day to enjoy the little moments in life. I let her out on the side of the street (in a neighborhood) and let her play in some lawn sprinklers @ apartments…it was sooo funny. She laughed so hard and I told her to remember that those little moments are what makes life worth it.


  5. Cora says:

    This is a great way of looking at life. Life does go by too fast, it seems like more after a person has children..love this Sandra!


  6. Nick says:

    As long as it is with you.


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