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.)
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!