Sunday, December 17, 2006

ponderings before flying

If I was to have a theme song for the past little while it would have been, "Leaving on a Jet Plane" by John Denver. I'm off at 5:00am tomorrow morning for another journey across the pond. I am not complaining one bit but holy cow, I have only just gotten over the cold I got from the LAST plane I was on!

I woke up this morning feeling a bit worse for wear. It's been a hectic couple of weeks (as it has been for everyone everywhere) and I woke up feeling grouchy and tired so I decided to go for a walk. I wish with all of my heart I could transport some of you who I know read this to walk on my beach with me on a sunny winter morning. It was incredible. I had it all to myself and the tide was going out so the beach grew as I walked along it. There were some seagulls enjoying a breakfast and a bath at the edge of the sea and I wandered along searching for sea glass (the quest continues for a piece that is red) and just breathing.

Sometimes I like to be reminded of the time-fullness of the world I live in. As I walked I glanced up at the cliffs behind the beach. About three quarters of the way up there is a line of white that is made up of shells and stones. Uncountable years ago that was the sea bed. Talk about perspective! I looked up at the headland that you can see in the photo. At the top there is the remains of what was probably an iron age fort. A little farther along there are rings in the grass where settlements once were. Walking on the beach this morning made me and all of the grumpy problems that brought me outside shrink back down to know our place. I am a small, small part of the history of this place. It will be going long after I am gone. I love that.

So tomorrow I am off to the land of maple syrup and moose! My ipod is charged and full, my suitcase is packed with clothes and goodies, my hair has been cut, my parents know the flight details and at 4:00am the alarm will go off to begin the journey. I'm going to get to see some people that I haven't seen in years. I'm so excited. I feel like the stress of the past few weeks is all worth it now! So the next time I post it will be from my homeland. Keep a happy flight thought for me and I'll see you in a different time zone!


liz elayne said...

the land of maple syrup and moose...oh meg that just makes me smile (sounds like my kind of place).

i hope you have a safe journey that is hectic-free and non-illness inviting. have a wonderful time with your family...resting, relaxing, laughing, being.

Anonymous said...

Have a safe journey love,
xox darlene

Colleen said...

Happy Flight!!!! I'll see you in 3 days!!!!!! Wooo hooo!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the perspectives you give from your walk on the beach.

Wishing you safe travels and fun times while you are with family and friends back home.

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Anonymous said...

I love the perspectives you give from your walk on the beach.

Wishing you safe travels and fun times while you are with family and friends back home.

Amber said...

Have fun! Be safe!


ceanandjen said...

What beautiful perspective. You live in a lovely place so full of history and magic. I wish you a very safe and happy trip and a beautiful holiday. Enjoy your visits with your friends and family!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...


have a great time, but i just thought of something! my sistah lives in east city...which is where *i* will be in a few short days (i'm travelling from mtl to the probably on the 20th, but if not on the 21st). i know it's the holidays and things might be crazy-hectic, especially since your fam. only gets to see you occasionally, but i was thinking maybe i could treat a certain someone to sweet potato fries at hot belly mama's?
it would be wonderful to see you in me and let me know. i'll be in p'bo until the 25th, except for the 22.

i hope you had a safe flight!!!! i hope you get this!!!
(my email's on my blogger profile).

Anonymous said...

one day i'll share that walk with you...and maybe we'll find that piece of red sea glass...

Alexandra S said...

So you are now in Canada! Even though it is still far away its nice to know you are closer somehow! I am sure you are enjoying being with all your family and will await the latest scoop soon from the land of maple syrup and moose!

Anonymous said...

Syrup and moose - this means you are going to Maine, yes? Or maybe it's northern cousin, Canada???? Have a great time. Annie

Marilyn said...

What a beautiful beach setting! Hope you had a pleasantly uneventful flight...and are enjoying being 'home.'

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a good flight and it's just as sweet as you had hoped to be home again.
Happy Holidays!!

Anonymous said...

I hope you are safe and well and enjoying a wonderful Canadian Christmas my Dear!

melba said...

I know you are away,
but I wanted to wish you a happy holiday and
Thank You for all your encouragement this past year!
Love to you!

tara dawn said...

Oh, how I've missed you and your words dear Meg! I'm catching up on your December posts and find myself falling in love with your words all over again...feeling that same inspiration that you have sparked in me since I first began reading your words. Despite so much traveling and sickness, your words shout with a newfound courage and clarity. How proud I am of you!!! Wishing you wonderful holidays and travels. Love and big hugs always,

Frances said...

Hi I just discovered you through Sunday Scribblings. I foudn Sunday Scribblings through Google. I'm looking forward to participating this weekend.
Hope you had a safe flight.
Have an amazing New Year,

Anonymous said...

You've given me a taste of your world - thanks - have a happy trip. Safe travelling.

Sacred Suzie said...

I hope you had a nice time going back home to Canada. It's tough travelling, I thought getting from Vancouver Island to Ontario was tough. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas!