It wasn’t enough time, but it was what I had (and even with the unseasonably warm weather, it was still kind of cold outside). Monday, I had a dentist appointment up north, so it was a quick pass through my old hometown and then a short bit of time to attempt to center myself again by the lake.
I was only there for about an hour. I grabbed a coffee at Caribou and walked down to the ice slicked boardwalk. The air close to the water was crisp, but welcome. Growing up next to a large body of water, it claimed a part of me that the smaller lakes and massive rivers in Minnesota couldn’t quite satisfy. I have no desire to move back, but I find I do still need a fix from time to time. Crazy that I still drive a little more than two hours twice a year* to see the same dentist* that I’ve always seen? It gets me back to the lake. In the summer, I can settle in a little bit and lose myself in the horizon. In the winter, I just enjoy being present in the moment.
Did it help? Tuesday was Valentine’s Day and today I was back at work. The tightness never left my back and my headache has been asserting itself behind my eyes. But for a moment it was nice.
*unless I have to have additional work done.
*well, same office, though his son is now my dentist