Prompt: December 27 – Ordinary Joy. Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
In May, we went to Quebec to visit my in-laws and the rest of the (large) French family clan. We try to see them at least once a year, either in la belle province or in our neck of the woods.
Often times, when you visit family, it’s as busy as it can be wonderful – rushing around to say all the hellos, dinner and lunch appointments, old friends wanting to meet up – and this year our visit was the last leg of a trip to New York City, so we were already tired by the time we got to Quebec.
My parents-in-law have a chalet, a cottage by the St. Lawrence River that they move into late spring and stay until early fall – the rest of the year they live in a condo in the city, 30 minutes from the cottage by car.
This worked out for us, because we were able to stay at the condo and still drive out every day to hang out with them.
This time in Quebec, it was very restful, just dithering around at the chalet (which was also the site of our wedding 4 years earlier). After the busy-ness and all the people (and wonder) of New York, it was good to come to the quiet of the St. Lawrence River and to the loving arms of family and people we could just relax with.
Our “activities” consisted of sudoku, reading books, looking at shells and rocks on the river’s shore, drinking lots of wine, eating maman’s luscious food creations, shared conversations and times of silence. It was in one of those quiet moments one afternoon sitting on the deck with a glass in my hand that I realized that this was one of the best times I’ve had, a time of such ordinariness and peace and fullness, with people we genuinely loved and who loved us. The moment passed but it keeps in memory and luckily in this day and age, in digital format.