|Last night's sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains|
7 days left in our summer vacation before we head back to monsoon season in India.
When we crafted our summer plans, it seemed we would have endless time to socialize, hike, swim, eat, drink, and be merry. And yet here we are, feeling pangs of sadness and guilt at not being able to meet up with friends as much as we'd like (or at all, in some cases). Feeling the need to get in one last lake swim or hike through the woods. Feeling remiss at not appreciating more sunsets, sunrises, and starry nights. Wishing for a few more weekends with grandparents and cousins.
We are also exhausted. We were fairly warned by our seasoned abroad-living friends that this would be a summer of lunches and dinners and fun and we would be worn-out by it; that the driving would certainly make us rethink our plans for next summer. And they were right.
But again, we've loved seeing the friends and family. We've loved spending time at the beach and in the mountains. We've loved creating memories and enjoying the company of everyone. 4000+ miles driven (by my calculations, about 60+ hours behind the wheel). Three countries visited. Ten states either passed through or visited. Four hotel stays. Five brewery trips. Countless avocados consumed.
Relishing in the last blue ridge sunsets of our summer, I'd rather appreciate the experiences than mourn the end. And to those with whom we've missed connections, let's be a bit more intentional next summer, okay?