On Monday, I felt like Lucy. You know. When she stepped through the wardrobe and entered into Narnia for the first time.
We’ve lived in our home for 5 years.
Around our home, is a bit of untamed wilderness. It’s a charming little residential setup, surrounded by woods, and it can take you by surprise if you’re not prepped and ready. We’ve had encounters with deer, sometimes seeing gigantic bucks right outside our own front door. Snakes, cyotes, turtles, owls, opossums, gargantuan field mice, plagues of frogs, rando birds, caterpillar swarms, lady bug invasions, rabbits, and a few mystery visitors we still haven’t quite pegged. And on very rare occasions some that must immediately die. You get the picture. It’s quite the wildlife adventure at times.
Across the street from us, is an open park. And diagonally, is a densely wooded area.
The other day while taking a walk, we decided to be random, take the kids, and walk down a little secluded trail we’d always noticed but never paid much attention to.
We’ve been too busy going about our daily routines with babes in arms…surviving. This trail is directly across from our home, so that from the other side, once you’ve walked through it, our house is the first one that you see.
What we thought was a small trail which led to a small field…
Was a piece of old farmland divided by an old road. Which has now grown up…
Which led to taller grass, and a bigger field, in an area as large as the eye can see.
We startled white tailed deer who quickly leapt out of our way as quickly as they’d appeared. And flocks of geese who flew so dangerously low, we could almost reach up and touch them.
And then we saw from a distance, what we thought was a small pond.
And as we came closer, realized it was a beautiful old quarry, filled to the brim with crystal clear water.
We sat and enjoyed the stillness. And skipped rocks. And giggled and played. I not-so- secretly wondered if there was a gigantic alligator just beneath the surface, waiting for one of us to dangle our feet into the water, because most of the time, my nerdy worst case scenario mind goes there.
And in the golden remnants of sun, we walked back home.
And I realized something that day. I was completely dumbfounded that our own little Narnia was just beyond a few simple trees. That we had been missing out, living our little suburban life for all these years, nestled safely, so focused on the temporary, literally contained by our walls.
Sometimes, it’s good to look beyond ourselves.
We never really know what we might be missing.
Here’s to hoping you reach beyond your comfort zones this weekend. Whether it’s speaking to a stranger behind you in line, or paying a little more attention to everything around you…you just never know what you might find.
Happy glorious Friday everyone-enjoy it!