My husband and I celebrated 16 years of marriage a couple of weeks ago. It was not too much before that when he mentioned that he wanted to take me away for an overnight. I was ecstatic!
We began our search of where to go. We went this last weekend and returned home last night. It was absolutely delightful!
My day to work last week was Friday. My MIL keeps the children while I work, and she offered to keep the children not just Sat. night when we would be out of town, but also Friday night to give us a bit longer together... just the two of us. What a BLESSING!
He treated me to a nice dinner Friday evening. Something we rarely do. It was absolutely wonderful. Saturday morning was the church men's breakfast. His attending this gave me some glorious time in the house... completely quiet.
He returned home surprising me with a freshly washed car, both inside and out. He had roses and a card in his hand to begin our official time away.
We loaded the car and off we went. It was then as if I had escaped the confines of time.
Suddenly, there was no such thing as a schedule or a need to watch the clock. Time was completely ours to do with as we chose.
We drove the hour and a half to our lodging destination for the night. We had a room at a delightful bed and breakfast in a small historic town. We found a family owned diner established in the early 1900's. We sat on the stools at the bar and each ordered a double scoop ice cream cone.
We drove. We hiked. We explored.
Yesterday was just as leisurely. He brought me coffee in bed and we just sat, drinking our coffee, talking, enjoying the moment together.
We did more hiking, more driving, more exploring... all the while noticing that time seemed to be moving so slowly, so leisurely... we were soaking up every minute of it!
Then the weirdest thing happened. As soon as we arrived back home to pick up the children, it was if the clock began moving at a brisk speed again. Minutes and hours began escaping us. By the time we crawled into bed last night, we realized it was already ten and wondered where the time had gone.
Life at home with schedules, responsibilities, and clocks has all once again resumed. I do not mind as this is what life is.
However, I was so blessed to have this weekend in which I escaped the confines of time, together with my husband, if only for a brief moment.
Those moment's will forever be treasured deep down in my heart.
I was reminded to allow for more moments such as these. When a specified amount of time does not dictate a certain routine, or schedule or task.
Rather, that time frame is just allowed to be. I am just allowed to be. To slow. To ponder. To enjoy and focus on, well, nothing much at all... except for those around me.
Have you ever noticed that time slowed? Or better yet, didn't exist at all? Have you ever taken time... to escape the confines of time? When was the last time you allowed life to just be? You allowed yourself to just... be?
It doesn't require an occasion. It doesn't necessitate a trip. It only requests a specified amount of time where nothing is planned, scheduled or dictated to be done. It just asks to set aside time to do nothing that your heart is not first drawn to. A time to just be...and that is enough.
Perhaps it's time to schedule a time... to escape the confines of time.