Yesterday mid-morning (a Wednesday), my youngest daughter called and said she decided she would like to escape the city and drive up for an over-nighter to relax at our tiny cottage I now call home. I told her that I thought that would be fun and by the way, I was in the process of making a big batch of stuffed peppers. An hour later, her older sister and two of their good friends decided to join in the plan.
Even though I had seen this bunch just a short while ago, I looked forward to their visit and knew that there were many reasons for this last-minute gathering that are uniquely related to the sanctuary of the cottage and the connections that such a special place has to our souls:
1. Comfort Food - no explanation necessary
2. Escape from the city - Trading the noise and business of the city for the calming music that only birds and the breeze gently stirring the leaves on the trees can create. It is scientifically proven that the fresh air and all conditions produced by forests are an important part of soothing our mental and physical health
3. A good night's rest - fresh air and comfortable beds are key to recharging our bodies to face the busy lives we lead
4. Gathering family and friends - sharing time together with those you love is one of our most basic human needs and the cottage is one of the easiest places to foster those relationships.
5. Gratitude - for all that we have and all the good we are able to share and create
We had a fun evening with great food, laughter, and a beautiful sunset. Though talk about tomorrow's election caused a few heated moments, the mosquitoes were out in full force and everyone had to wake up an hour earlier to get to work, it didn't matter. The pros definitely outweighed the cons!