Serenity and Celebration

I’m temporarily back in Colorado, but certainly have more photos to share of beautiful France, I promise you!

Whether home in Colorado or here . . .

Dawn, Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire

. . .  I am officially back in the states after spending six and a half very busy weeks in France. I loved it, but I love being here, too.

The first morning at Sunapee, I woke very early. I don’t see many sunrises, since I’m more of a night-owl, but 6 a.m. in New Hampshire is noon in France, so for several days after my return, I was able to catch a bit of this beautiful serenity . . .

Lake Sunapee Sunrise

, , , before the more active lake life begins. This place, like La Rochelle, is a home away from home for me, which is fortunate since I’m headed back soon for yet another wedding in the family.

I love sharing times of celebration, but I also deeply appreciate serenity and the two don’t always go together.  Sometimes they do, though.  Soak in the tranquility of this view from the top of the Dune du Pilat, near Cap Ferret in southwestern France . . .

Atop the Dune du Pilat

Here’s what was actually going on when I took the shot . . . .

Dune du Pilat, near Cap Ferret, France (yes, that’s Pascale)

. . . lots of people celebrating this marvel, not to mention the fact they made it to the top!

And another shot from on high . . .

The view from Mount Sunapee, New Hampshire, USA

. . . which was more about celebration than serenity, since we were VERY high up on a chairlift, so not feeling completely serene as we headed down from Nellie and Stefani’s wedding to their reception, but look how beautiful it is!

After the festivities and a few more days enjoying the lake, people started heading back to their regular lives and peace took the place of parties. It was then that I had another wave of missing David so much the sadness threatened to overwhelm the serenity. And I suspect it will continue to do so sometimes. I know I’m “allowed” to miss him and to still feel sadness, but sometimes the sharpness of it catches me by surprise. When I tried to take a walk up the road, I remembered this . . .

David at Sunapee, July 2014, during of our grand year of adventure

. . . and I had a choice to make. I could be sad he wasn’t walking up the road to greet me–and I was, I have to admit–but I could also choose, even while feeling sad, to be grateful that he had introduced me to this beautiful place, and even more, that he had chosen to spend the bulk of his adult life loving me. What a gift.

So I’m finding that sadness, serenity and celebration continue to dance through my life, at times politely taking turns like newcomers at a church picnic, sometimes weaving in and out and joining together unexpectedly, forming intricate patterns more complex and beautiful than the contra dancing I enjoyed at the Folk School. But the music continues to play, and I guess all I can do is dance.

12 thoughts on “Serenity and Celebration”

  1. Thank you Sunny for posting – I’ve been missing your updates! And thank you especially for the picture of one of my all-time favorite people in one of my favorite places on Earth. And likewise, I am sad while so glad that I got to enjoy 56 years with him. . .

      1. 07/25/2019 = Love the pic’s and our write-ups. Reminds me of the 3 years I spent in France. Saw where Paris hit 109 degrees today.

      2. Thanks, Dick! Yes, it sounds VERY uncomfortable in France right now, but I think things are supposed to improve a bit tomorrow. I’m not even sure the cooling system I used on a few hot days in June (a frozen liter bottle of water in front of a fan) would help much at those temps.

  2. Thank you for sharing. You’re an inspiration- your gratitude and positive outlook are impressive. I always look for your posts related to La Rochelle (my happy place) – I’ll be there end of September and will post photos in return for you to enjoy. Merci 🌸

    1. Excellent! I’ll look forward to seeing them. I definitely have more French adventures to write about. The time got away from me so much, I finally decided just to live it and enjoy and write about it later. Bon voyage et bon séjour!

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