Yesterday, Krista’s Daily Prompt was to write about linger: Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end.
Yesterday was a busy day and I didn’t have time to linger over my thoughts about this prompt — see what I did there??? 😉 — but the idea of it stayed with me overnight, so I’m sharing my reflections this morning.
There are many times in my life where contentment and happiness have welled up, and I wished I could linger in that moment for a long time.
As an empty-nester, times with my adult daughters certainly top that list …
… but they have their own lives, and the reality is that too much lingering together would interfere with their daily routines and affect our relationship. That’s reality, that’s life, and I’m perfectly ok with it!
Since moving to Lysekloster a year ago, and especially after living through these last short-and-dreary-but-not-quite-cold-enough-to-call-it-winter-in-Norway months, I’m longing for the long and lazy evenings of lingering summer light. Many evenings last summer, I took my after-dinner tea and a book out to my bench, and sat enjoying the warmth of the sun as it inched across the sky towards its meeting with the mountain, while I listened to the sounds of the birds arguing at the feeder behind me and the boats’ motors on the fjord below me. I lingered in those moments …
… but I still live here, and there’s a hope that summer will arrive soon! I have the anticipation of lingering in those relaxing moments again.
With all the wonderful moments I’ve experienced, one particular time stands out. During our six-week exploration of New Zealand, we spent three days on the Karikari Peninsula at the Carrington Resort. It was towards the end of our time in NZ; after my husband’s son’s wedding, we had no set schedule and had driven around the northern part of the North Island, just stopping where we felt the call. Carrington Resort was a gift — we stayed in a large villa with a porch looking over the golf resort and Matai Bay. And one evening, the setting sun put on a show for me. I could hear Jan on the phone with his son, and I sat on the porch with a glass of my favorite NZ Sauvignon Blanc. I felt as if I was lost in a personal moment.
Not only did I linger, but my memories of our trip frequently linger on that particular moment. It is all summed up with this:
Did you participate in this prompt yesterday? Share your link below! If not, do you have a special moment in your life where you lingered? I’d enjoy reading of *your* reflections!