But I must take time to add in here about the strange timing of this final piece of our epic trip. Today, the last day of our vacation, coincides with the only official Blog holiday we regularly observe here on clerkmanifesto. Yes, you guessed it, but you possibly only guessed it if you are Grape. Because today is Grape's birthday!
So as is the protocol of this special day we all now sing the happy birthday song to Grape!
Well, no, because you are all alone now you can just sort of hum it if you want.
Yes, sure, you can merely think about humming it. I'm sure Grape will appreciate anything you can do.
My wife and I have a rule, borne of experience. We are not allowed to bemoan the end of a trip, or count down sadly to the end of a trip, until the very end of that vacation.
Well here we are.
The only thing we have going for us is that we are exhausted and we do love our wee little house that we have returned to in Minnesota.
But our hearts are all stripped out. We took buses and planes and trains today. We can't begin to take care of all we need to take care of right now in an instantly normal life. Astonishingly a regular workday is tomorrow for both of us after 5 weeks away.
We are intact, and we are whole, and that is good, but also we will now have to rebuild ourselves. Because even though life is beautiful, for 35 days happiness was just a little bit easier to come by. After all, for five weeks happiness just sat there, barely moving. How often does that happen? And coming back, stepping into normal life again, it is hard not to think "If only happiness didn't skitter around so much!"
You have to catch it, but it's no good caught. So you have to catch it again.