Yes, we went to Key Largo yesterday. So exotic, so tropical, so like Hawaii. We’ve decided Hawaii has “ruined” tropical climates for us because Hawaii is so beautiful and lovely and amazing that even the Florida Keys can’t compare. There was definitely a feeling of “been there, done that” to our wanderings. We did, on a whim, pull into some little restaurant and grab ourselves a slice of key lime pie, just because we were in the keys and it seemed appropriate.
But it was well worth the drive. The tropical climate (and lack of children, and reminders of what life was like before children) brings out the planners in us. It’s been a little while since we talked about some of our life goals, how we want to raise our children, and how we can bring our reality a little bit closer to our dreams. And walking around Key Largo took us back in time a little bit, helped us relax, and let us enter the dreamland of possibility that was ever-present in Hawaii (mostly because I was, ahem, often dreaming about being somewhere else).
At first I felt really weighed down by the changes I think I need to make, but I’m starting to be more excited about it — especially when I keep my motivation in mind. Waking up early to write just to get the days writing done with does not sound like it would be worth it. Waking up early to write because I think it will help me help our family get to where we want to be in life sounds like an extremely small sacrifice. Funny what a change in perspective will do for you.
Tomorrow we are heading home. We hope. The weather in New York is looking pretty awful, and already all but two of the flights from Fort Lauderdale to JFK have been canceled. Thankfully, ours has survived up to this point. If you wouldn’t mind saying a little prayer that it stays on schedule, I would appreciate that. I’d like to get home to my boys sooner rather than later.
Also, just fyi, I’m co-hosting (with my friend Christy) the 4th Run Bike Swim Cook Challenge over on the Mother Runner, in case you haven’t been keeping up on that. It’s going to be awesome and I hope some of you participate, too.