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“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” ~Thomas Merton

For most of the day, Aryeh, Dovi and I have been traveling through Texas.  We started off  in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Interstate 30 and then crossed over the state line in Texas and stopped tonight in Weatherford, Texas.  Today’s trek was uneventful and a bit boring, but all was fine too!!!  We drove all day long and while google map said it should have taken just over 6 hours, that isn’t the truth, it took a lot longer.

While we are finding the trip to Tucson to be a little grueling, we are doing well.  Without the time to explore and without the stamina I had in my 20s, the trek is taking a little longer than we expected and in truth we haven’t really enjoyed the terrain we have passed on the road.   At the same time, we enjoy each other and we have really enjoyed talking to each other, listening to books and music on CD, and stopping to take short walks.

The beauty of our time together is that we have really been getting along.  Moments come and go and yet we start our days and end our days with smiles on our faces.  My hope is that we find something fun to explore tomorrow, but if not we are looking forward to landing in Arizona in just a couple of days!  I keep wondering when we will stop having something to talk about; I don’t think that will ever happen.

As we drive, we often think about Michael and hope he is doing well in Florida.  The boys have a great idea for a gift for their abba, but I can’t share the idea here.  😉  Will share after the idea comes to fruition.

Aryeh is enjoying keeping a log of our travels and Dovi reads constantly.  As for me, I drive and drive and drive. . . . . While we aren’t loving the drive, we are rarely bored!  We are looking for simple ideas of where to stop on our way into Arizona, any ideas?   Both boys seem to enjoy their roles in the trek.

Now for some realization or insights that we have from today’s trek:

  1. There are more adult novelty stores than churches, gun stores or antique shops.
  2. New favorite Dovi-ism to get out of work – Instead of just folding paper to put in an envelope, Dovi asked, how do you fold paper.
  3. Hope was following us to the next two exists; Emmet (truth) followed us too.  (Note: Hope and Emmet were the names of two towns that we passed.)
  4. We accidentally drove back into Arkansas after we had left.  We really do like driving in circles.
  5. Drive Friendly seems to be the Texas’ driving motto.  Even with the printed words on the signs, we are wondering how this is possible with a speed limit of 70 MPH on both rural roads and rocky roads.
  6. Texas is full of acknowledging the different leaders from President George Bush (although we aren’t sure which one) and Cesar Chavez too.  We find ourselves wondering how both can be acknowledged on the same interstate.
  7. We are missing our loved ones and wondering how we will maintain the beautiful connections we have been blessed with during our lives.  We are hoping everyone comes to visit soon!!!

May the journey continue to be mostly easy.  May we find new opportunities that give us moments to pause.  May we find peace within each interaction we have not only with each other, but with those we meet.  May we continue to grow with each mile.

Thanks for taking the time to see how we are doing.

With love and light,

Chava and the boys (Aryeh and Dovi)

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Day 3 – June 24, 2012

“If you want to enjoy the rainbow, be prepared to endure the storm.”  ~Wendel Wiersbe

 

Day 3 included some fun, beautiful skies, and one hell of car trip through Arkansas.  By the time we get through this trip, I don’t believe we will remember our awesome time at the Rock and Soul Museum in Memphis, but the 3 + hours it took for us to get about approximately 3 miles was rough. Literally one mile per hour sucks!  Once we made it through the grumps, we actually laughed a lot.  Why stay grumpy when there is no choice.  Besides, we really do feel grateful knowing that we are OK and just a little inconvenienced.

Each day of our trek, we are keeping a journal with notes of what stands out.  Yesterday’s realizations include:

  1. When people who prepare/serve our food our happier, the food tastes better than when they are not.  This is obvious even for simple Subway Salads.
  2. We have had two hotel rooms over two days that were #212, does that mean I should have been born on that day instead of 2/13.  🙂 What do you think that could mean?
  3. Books on CD make any trip easier.  Aryeh and I are really enjoying Run by Ann Patchett.  Dovi is continuing to read; yesterday he read one book.  🙂
  4. Arkansas sucks.  Two reasons.  One, to quote Aryeh, “The Arkansas Rest Stop is like a prison made for midgets with its unkempt tile and cement room and squared off stainless steel appliances all kept uncomfortably low to the ground.”  Chava’s response is at least some folks will find this comfortable.  Two, the interstate is a mess because the state stopped funding work way before the work was complete.  (Note: An accident plus one lane interstate traffic is messy business.)
  5. Sunsets and newish moons are always worthy of shechayanu prayer, a moment of thanking the universe for the moment in time.
  6. Aryeh has missed not finding antique shops and Ruby Tuesdays along the way.  Dovi couldn’t a care a less.  He, however, is always on the lookout for ice cream.

So, the time has come for us to travel again.  And we all agree, Arkansas should never be visited again.  The good news is that I have one friend who is awesome from here, so perhaps this was just a problem visit!

With love, light, and blessings. . . .our trek to Tucson continues.

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