Sleeping beneath the Mackinac Bridge last night

Sleeping beneath the Mackinac Bridge last night

Today’s photo prompt from April Love 2018 is Simplicity.

Alas, the last twenty-four hours have been anything but simple.

Twenty four hours ago Barry and I were eating Easter dinner (turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing) and chatting casually about this and that.

Suddenly–out of the Easter blue–I said, “Gosh, I really miss my mom.  She’s all alone this week, you know, with the brothers both down in Florida.”

And just as suddenly–out of the Easter blue–Barry replied, “Well, go down there and visit her if you want to.”

This is the wrong thing to say to an impulsive soul, if you don’t want her to hop in the car within 45 minutes and drive away.

Which I did.

I didn’t tell my mom, but phoned both kids with the news.  I am sure they raised their eyes heavenward at their mom’s spontaneity. (It’s been less than a month since my LAST spontaneous visit to lower Michigan back in March.)

The "real" Mackinac Bridge last night

The “real” Mackinac Bridge

I made it to the St. Ignace Super 8 motel last night with a great view of the Mackinac Bridge just out the sliding glass door.

But Simplicity…how do these bridge photos fit in with the photo prompt?  I was awake two hours (from 3-5 a.m.) trying to figure it out. You do notice the simple sweep of the bridge cables, right?  You do notice the simple artistic lines, yes?  You do admire the simplicity of the bed pillows, don’t you think? (And you laughed about sleeping under the Mackinac Bridge, right?  I’m sure you did.)

I spent a long time thinking about how simple things can actually be quite complex, and how complex things can be simple. How thinking can just sometimes make something simple very complicated, and how the actual doing can make it just fine.

Actually–this is the truth–the simplicity in the photos and this blog has to do with the simplicity of love.  When love calls, we need to cross every bridge and follow it to its source.  That’s what I’ve been doing the past twenty-four hours.  Driving south to be with my 85-year old mom quite unexpectedly, more than 500 miles from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

And we’re both totally thrilled!



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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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24 Responses to Sleeping beneath the Mackinac Bridge last night

  1. Simply perfect. You. And you understanding the complex simplicity of love. 💜

  2. Barb says:

    That title really grabbed me Kathy! I wondered, “What’s she gotten herself into now?” Glad your impulse was to visit Mom. Have fun!

  3. Robin says:

    This is wonderful! ❤ I also ended up contemplating how I managed to turn "simplicity" into something complicated. LOL!! So funny.
    Yes, love makes everything simple, doesn't it? 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Robin, it’s funny how we can complicate even the most simple things at times. I knew the Universe could turn it around, but the mind was convinced it couldn’t. Thanks again for the photo challenge. Guess we’re still hanging in there.

  4. dawnkinster says:

    When I was a kid there was a campground almost under that bridge where we stayed. So I can say we did sleep under the bridge. Glad you are with your mom today.

  5. Carol says:

    I love the simplicity of that black and white and red color scheme. I love the simplicity of a decision when it is suggested and immediately acted upon, without hesitation or thinking about complicating it.

    • Kathy says:

      Phew, Carol, good thing you can see the simplicity in all of this. And thank you for liking the picture. I was quite taken by the bridge photo and the pillows and the bedspread, too.

  6. john K says:

    I truly like the picture and the bridge. It makes going to the Lower Mitten much simpler. I lost my mother when I was 14 years old. I would drive to Panama and back to spend an hour with her. This is something you’ll never regret.

    • Kathy says:

      John, I can not imagine what it would be like to lose one’s mother at the tender age of 14. You are so right–even one hour back with a loved one would seem like a treasure beyond compare. Thank you.

  7. Sybil Nunn says:

    What a lovely thing to follow your heart.

  8. Brenda says:

    Beautiful!! ❤ I pray for safe travels and for a nurturing time with your Mama ❤ xoxo

    • Kathy says:

      So far it’s been lovely beyond compare. I will share more on today’s photo challenge blog. The theme is “inspirational quote”. Hmmm, what shall that be? 🙂

  9. I like your impulsiveness and I’m sure your mom likes it too. I’m glad you went to visit your mom. You need to see her as often as you can.

  10. debyemm says:

    I have fond memories of visiting Mackinac Island once. You can not visit your mom too much at this time. You will never regret it. From one who knows . . . give yourself a hug from me.

    • Kathy says:

      Deb, I have read Mom all these comments and explained to her who all of you are. I told her about your mom and dad. Thanks for the positive words. I had wondered Sunday afternoon if I was “over the edge”. Now it’s just feeling more like pure love. Simple…

  11. Oh, you sweet daughter! The weather has not been ideal for travel these last few days, either. I see you as adventurous, spontaneous and brave…going to great lengths for the best simple reason: love. And yes, that huge photo of the bridge over the bed did make me smile…but might have kept me awake (a little unnerving)!

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy, thank you! Ha ha, had to laugh about the unnerving nature of the photo. Maybe THAT is why I was awake from 3-5 a.m.! Glad to hear you are putting a good spin on my impulsive behavior. Am loving being with Mom, and today we’re going off to Port Huron for lunch and shopping. And we had lunch out yesterday with surprise nieces, too!

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