Promises to keep

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Robert Frost
A few months before my husband died, we took a hike through a state park on our way out of town. This was not a planned hike. There was lots of complaining. I must admit I can clearly remember this would be great outing if I was not wearing flats and pearls.
The boys climbed a rock and called for us, because they could not get down. It was not a big rock. My husband looked at me, and said, “We have to take them out more.” I agreed.
We have always spent more time outdoors, and we do not have the latest video games or devices. They needed more though. That moment really stuck with me. I can close my eyes, and I am right there in that moment.
It is a promise I intend to keep.
We leave town after the holidays. This year we are in a cabin at a state park. We hiked 6.5 miles today. We saw lots of birds and two deer. We ended out journey on the beach. We are definitely outside more.

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