Home, but not quiet
Nearly 9 months to the day has passed since Gino and I drove down Highway 15 south leaving our home, friends and business behind and starting off this trip. On Sunday, we slowly made our way back home (stopping to see 2 different friends on the way in Toronto/Ottawa and their 3 new babies that we hadn’t yet met…a lot can happen in 9 months!).
Our town of Val-David, Qc is small enough that we invariably see 2-3 people we know every time we leave our house. Normally, this is part of the charm of small-town living, but after being away for so long, I had subconsciously decided that I wanted to arrive at night. It somehow seemed easier to arrive quietly while everyone was sleeping and while the town was silent. I wanted to give ourselves a few hours to readapt to the air, energy and feeling of “home” before having to know -even for ourselves- “how we were” just yet.
I was unsure of what it would be like to come back here. Our mexican life was mostly very quiet and our life on the road was very often just the 5 of us (dog included!). We were now arriving back into a world where we are business owners, employers, friends and a part of the community. Leaving Mexico and Cuyutlan, I did not feel sad or even any regret: we had done our time, had enjoyed fully and it did seem right to be moving on. For the first time in my life, there was absolutely nowhere I wanted to be. And that definitely included home.
So Sunday night, ready-or-not, we quietly rolled into the dark driveway after making our way through our sleepy little village. And finally, it did felt good to be back and to unpack into our 2nd-to-last destination of the trip (we are in one of our chalets since our home is rented for another 4 weeks). Before even speaking with anyone monday morning I went for a run in our (absolutely gorgeous) park that is just behind our house. The fresh air here is unlike any other we have encountered on our adventures and is probably the thing I miss the most anytime I travel. The reputed healing powers of the Laurentian air worked on me monday morning. I came back from the run in the woods ready to face the return to normal life and able to honestly respond to our friends who asked, that I was happy to be back.