“Nothing in life is to be feared,
it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
(Two grandparents overun / Brenton Cook / 2020)
After nearly three months of going nowhere but to the grocery store,
the curbside pickup liquor store, occasionally to Target and most recently to a
After three months of being cooped up…caring for wee ones while others work from home…
Living life shrouded daily within a veil of trepidation, questions
and fear…today we opted for living life a bit more boldly and actually ventured
forth on Mother’s Day.
We took our small show on the road.
We drove southeast to a small quaint town, about 45 minutes away, in order to enjoy
a lovely alfresco Mother’s Day lunch.
Actually sitting outside, basking in the lovely May sunshine along with a
slight cool breeze, we couldn’t have been happier.
When we arrived, we were greeted by several gracious masked waitresses and waiters,
along with hand sanitizer at the ready…a familiar staff despite the covered faces.
Their twinkling eyes said it all…”Welcome back!”
It was finally a real sit-down meal away from our own kitchen of chaos.
A truly treasured moment.
Eating out has always been a treat and a diversion from the rut of the every day…
but today…today was different!
Everything seemed brighter, lighter.
This little restaurant is one we have enjoyed visiting over the years.
One we don’t mind driving to.
The husband and wife team who own the restaurant, where she is the chef,
have made the most of a farm to table restaurant with a relaxed french flair.
The host and husband of the duo, who I know, asked me, before we left if we had enjoyed ourselves…
my response was one of a long exhaled sigh of relief.
I told him that after almost 3 months of going nowhere…today was absolutely grand!
I could tell he smiled in satisfaction despite having a mask cover his face.
His eyes said it all.
They have provided curbside pick-up throughout the state’s lockdown but
today was their trial run for a “soft opening.”
After a delightful afternoon, when we were headed back home, satiated and content with
having enjoyed both a peace-filled afternoon and good food,
a small sign outside of a little country church caught my eye…
Choose life over fear.
Today on this Mother’s Day 2020…we chose to live life just a little bit freer
pushing aside the nagging fear of the past three months…
Here was to a Mother’s Day not to be forgotten but absolutely cherished
for all sorts of reasons…
(“mom” and The Mayor / Gregory Cook / 2020)
(Dada with his brood/ Abby Cook / 2020)
(mama with The Sheriff /Gregory Cook / 2020)
(Da with “Je” / Julie Cook / 2020)
“Don’t fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine.”