Thursday, September 29, 2011

be my baby

Yesterday in our rambling about, our Garmin took us the long way back to my sister's house.  We wanted to go via the Silverado Trail, and make some stops at some wineries along the way.  It's crush time, and I had noticed as we drove along that the grapes are just hanging in clusters, ready for harvesting.  The leaves are beginning to turn, and soon the vines will go dormant.

But Garmin had other ideas.  We had shared a wonderful bottle of Chianti over lunch in a lovely little Italian restaurant in Calistoga, California, and I was pretty mellow as we drove back.  Stevie Wonder wasn't quite as mellow, but we were both enjoying the drive.

Then we noticed we were in a canyon in the middle of nowhere.  How did that happen?  How had we made that turn?  We kept going, thinking that eventually we would run into more wineries.

Wrong.  We passed ranches, and hills, and curves in the road so tight I could see our tail lights when I glanced sideways through my window.

No wineries.  We saw a lake, Berryessa.  Beautiful.  I got a photo or five.  Then we came to a creek.  Putah Creek.  And we decided to stop because there were Canadian geese everywhere.
Putah Creek
But there were no geese where we stopped.  Ok, I thought, it's going to be one of those wineries, wrong turn, no geese.  I was beginning to feel cursed. Then I saw this...
...a peahen and her baby.  Suddenly it was all clear.  The day wasn't for touring wineries, and it wasn't for taking photos of geese.  It was to capture, for a moment in time, a chick following its mother.  Simple, eh? 

As I watched that chick follow its mother, I realized that is how all mothers care for their children as they raise them... leading them along, trying to teach them, keeping them safe.

It was a lesson.  In life.  In patience.  In moments unanticipated, the moments that teach the greatest lessons in life.  Grasp the moments, because once past, they are gone forever. 

Had we gone home via the route we thought we'd chosen, I would have missed that beautiful creek.  I would have missed that sweet moment, watching the peahen carefully lead her baby past us, keeping it close as she strolled through the park.  I would have missed that perfect moment, had it not been for the wrong turn the GPS made.

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  1. Sounds like you're having a wonderful holiday. But I don't think there are "wrong roads" in life Cath. There are different roads. Each one has its twists and difficulties, but also opens up into wonderful vistas. All a learning curve.

  2. Sometimes wrong turns can be the best thing that happens to us. I always consider it an adventure, so much so that now my mom says, "oh are we having an adventure?", when I make an obvious wrong turn because of absent minded driving.

  3. Funny how life always has a special plan for us. Our "planned routes" in life often change to something unexpected. This is such a great metaphor to life. If we just keep our eyes open we will always see these beautiful unexpected moments
    Great post!

    I would bump up the contrast on you photo though. It will really make the birds pop out of the frame :)

  4. Some of my best discoveries have started with the simple thought "I wonder where this road goes". I am usually pleased with the journey and surprised with where I end up. :)

  5. @Marie from Rock The Kasbah It was heaven Marie, for a bit of time, and a perfect day. :D

  6. @hocam the holiday has been wonderful Mary. And I agree, there are no wrong roads, just new roads to learn and discover. I just need to be reminded of that once in a while. :D no better way to learn that by adventure.

  7. @Aaron very true Aaron. And good words to remember. I will try bumping the contrast up on the photo. I'm limited with my resources for editing now, but will try it when I get home. Thanks!

  8. @Beckey so true, and when I am with Steve some of our best adventures have been wrong turns. :D

  9. @Jan what a wonderful sense of humor your mom has Jan. And a wonderful outlook on life. :D Thanks for sharing that!