Last night I was talking to my husband about the reasons I love Vermont so much. I will admit that first trip we took was our first vacation together as a couple, and as someone who never really went on vacation as a child, that particular trip could have been anywhere and I probably would have felt the pull like I do with Vermont, but it wasn’t just anywhere, it was Vermont, and now the state owns a piece of my heart!
If you know me well, then you know that I am an all or nothing kind of girl. I’m full of passion and if I’m invested in a person, place, or thing, I put everything I am into that, so if I tell you that I love you, what I’m saying is that I love you with every fiber of my being, there’s a piece of my heart that belongs solely to you.
Let’s go back, not too far this time, only to 2010. I went to Vermont with Neil and his family, it was the first summer after he received his 2nd renal transplant, so we went to celebrate!!
I have been stargazing for as far back as I can remember, but I had bought a book to learn how to spot constellations and planets in the sky. I was so excited to bring this book with me to Vermont, knowing that we were staying in a very rural area where there is absolutely no ambient light. I remember that first night like it was yesterday, I got comfy in my lawn chair with my Magic Hat #9, some white cheddar popcorn, and my book on astronomy. Neil’s Uncle Mike walked past me, noticed the book I was reading and took it out of my hand.
“Come with me, I’ll teach you everything you need to know.” He said as he took my hand and walked me out beside the pond. Uncle Mike pointed to the sky “You see those stars that twinkle?”
“Yeah.” I replied.
“Those aren’t stars, those are actually planets. The one with the reddish tint, that’s Mars.”
I was so unbelievably excited to be sharing this moment with my uncle-to-be. He then had me look through his telescope where I saw the rings around Saturn for the very first time! I almost cried! I remember being in absolute awe and hugging him and thanking him. He was so tickled that he was teaching this twenty something year old girl about astronomy, and she was absolutely taken by it!
We joined the rest of the family on the porch, we all sipped our beer and shared stories, and I learned so much about the family I was about to marry into, and it felt like home, I realized that I was making the right choice, and these were my people. We counted shooting stars and satellites, we laughed at Uncle Mike as he shared stories about growing up in the city. It was the first time I truly felt close to him and Aunt Theresa, and I felt like they were family. I will never forget that moment, and it’s a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life!
I don’t know if Uncle Mike will read this, but I want to take a moment to thank him for not only expanding my knowledge on the night sky, but for accepting me with open arms, for always being there, and for being such a big part of my support system. I really don’t know what I would do without him and Aunt Theresa! If either of you do happen to read this, I hope you know how much you both mean to me. I love you both, so much!
Is there a place you have visited that you just felt a connection with? Do you have people that you just connect with and make you feel like you belong? I’d love to hear about it!
Love & life lessons,