2023 Life Logs, Day 55: Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
Date: Friday, February 24, 2023
Weather: Icy Mist Overnight, Sunny, Cold, Windy; High 34, Low 7 degrees F
Sunrise and Sunset in East Falmouth: 6:23 am – 5:27 pm (+2 minutes)
Location: Back Home in the Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Heather and family are staying in Vermont until Sunday, but today Justin and family left for Brooklyn, New York, and I drove home to Falmouth. Justin and Jo didn’t get home from Plainfield until 2:00 in the morning. The roads were icy as we got an icy mist overnight, so they had a treacherous, slow ride home. But they made it safely. But all of us had a bit of a late night, so we all slept in. Coco and Jo got in some last minute sledding and Ziggy and Jonah went out to build a snowman. It was windy and cold and they didn’t last long. Then the packing to leave began. While we packed, Heather went out to clear off the van and my car. They were once again encased in ice. Evidently, the icy mist stopped by he time Justin and Jo got home, because their car had not a trace of ice. The driveway was a bit icy, but Jed bought enough sand yesterday to spread at the top of the uphill driveway. The kids were all up the driveway, so Heather got photos of them for me while Justin and I drove our cars up the hill. We both made it with no problem, and we were on our way.

But parting is such sweet sorrow. We had a wonderful week together and will all look forward to our next gathering. I had not looked at Google Maps ahead of time, so when I got to the end of our little road, it told me to take a right. I thought I was to take a left, so I did that. But as a drove on, Maps told me to take a different left to Brattleboro. I thought maybe this was because of road conditions, so I made that left. About five miles down the road, it got really icy and the pavement ended. I turned around, went back to the main road, and headed home the way I had planned. It was a bit of a rocky start, but I eventually got to Brattleboro via Wilmington. The drive between Wilmington and Brattleboro was absolutely breath taking. The trees were covered in ice and were glistening in the sunshine. Then the deciduous trees gave way to evergreens and picturesque farms. At one overlook, the view of the valley below was spectacular.

It felt good to be home, but I already miss being with my whole family . . . the sorrow of leaving family is mixed with the sweet memories of our week together. It took Justin and family six hours to get to Brooklyn due to the weather. Justin and Jo had a performance at 8 pm, so they barely had time to get take-out delivered and equipment set up before the show. But they did it.