For my on-the-go personality, being able to travel sets my nomadic spirit at ease. For the long weekend, Kris and I ran down to the 919, aka Raleigh, NC, to visit the fam, especially my grandpa Big Willie. Being so far from everyone does take its toll, but only if I allow distance to impact my relationships.
When going to the East Coast, it entails a full day of travel. So anytime a long weekend rolls around, it makes for the perfect time to visit. Prior to this trip, I made a list of things to do and experience. But upon arrival, I let that list fall by the wayside to spend some quality time with family. (My main love language!)
As we get older, we realize how important family and close friends are. Whether we are close or far, our relationships take effort to be maintained. I am one to have open lines of communication with those I care about, even though I get frustrated when I realize I am doing all the work to reach out. Knowing this about myself, helps me acknowledge that frustration and to find ways to release it. In any relationship, communication is key and it’s a struggle when the effort is only one-sided. This is a balance that has to be constantly adjusted because it is always a two-way street.
Big Willie made it known that he missed me and wanted to see me. Even if it was in code and relayed to me through my mom. Nonetheless, with his assistance and some planning, we were able to make it happen. Being surrounded by family and familiar faces was just what the doctor ordered. I am continuously adjusting to the homogenous culture and ways of life in South Dakota. Whenever I have and make the time to travel outside of this world, I am forever grateful.
This trip home was one filled with love, laughter, reconnection, and heartfelt conversations. My mom planned a surprise engagement dinner for Kris and I to celebrate this journey we will be walking together. It was a beautiful evening over dinner at Irregardless Cafe, a first experience for both Kris and I. Not only was the food scrumptious, but the ambiance and live music was fun and easygoing. It was the perfect close to a beautiful weekend.
Anytime my family gets together it is always over g o o d food and great conversations. This is one way that we show love to each other and share new recipes. This trip not only let me reconnect with loved ones but really get to see and understand who they are as people. We shared stories, old and new, and were able to connect on a deeper level. Spending time with those close to us is a gentle reminder of how important it is to keep those connections alive.