I get claustrophobic if I stay in the city for too long. So every now and then we get in the car and just drive. This day was rainy and foggy and grey. We drove east and got off the highway where there was a road that ran along a river that had a number, not a name. We followed the road a few miles back into the fog and trees. At one point we got out of the car and the boys threw rocks into the river.
Sitting along the river as I watched the boys play, the stress and cluster of the city fades away. I feel recharged and alive and comfortable. Places and times like these are happiness, healing to my soul, and I cherish every second of them.