Anyway. This weekend my parents and I escaped upstate with no responsibilities except to relax, eat well, and enjoy each other’s company.
And enjoy we did. From the escarole soup with creamy rice and aromatic garlic…
… to the roasted salmon at an old fashioned inn…
(...where one must wield a “marrow fork” in order to fully realize this particular dining experience…)
…we savored every moment.
Restocked pantry staples at the co-op.
Mothers Day was heartily celebrated, beginning with a leisurely breakfast.
As we often do for the holidays chez Veggie Patch, we dined on pancakes.
We went antiquing…
… pausing to enjoy hearty bowls of soup, before we resumed our pursuit of the perfect cast-iron skillets.
Although sudden change can be terrifying, I truly believe it should be appreciated for what it is: an opportunity to slow down, weigh priorities, reevaluate what it is that makes you happy. There is often a great deal of pressure to go out and take on everything at once, be it living on your own, finding the perfect job, making money, starting a family.
But when it comes down to it, you only live once. There’s no one who can really tell you if the choices you’re making are “right” (although be prepared to receive advice from all over, both welcomed and unsolicited)… but it’s the mistakes you make, and what you learn along the way, that gives you the experience you need to know yourself. Of course this is my own unsolicited advice, so take it with a grain of salt
So take the time to savor your ice cream.
Smell the flowers.
And pet that poodle.
This is the only life you’ve got. Carpe diem!