Monday, June 08, 2009


Before our plane landed, my mind began making a mental list of things I needed to do upon returning from our vacation on the coast of Oregon. Unpack. Start the laundry. Call the kids. Reply to emails and messages. The mail would have to wait until Monday. Oh, yes, buy some groceries. I could think of dozens of things that would need my attention and energy once I made re-entry back into my normal life. Nevertheless, I was happy to return home.

It wasn’t long after we pulled in the driveway that I headed to the back yard. I delighted in the sweet fragrance of the roses that started blooming while I was away. And even though it was early June, I picked five ripe tomatoes from my garden.

Later as I unpacked my suitcase, I reveled in the thought that tonight I would sleep in my own bed with my own pillow. Yes, it was good to be home. Trips are great, but there’s nothing like coming home---even if returning means that I face my reality of many things to do.

While I was away, I also pondered the possibility of re-entry into writing (and blogging). I’ve been sidetracked with life (and Facebook) to say the least. And perhaps discouragement has taken its toll. Often I have wondered if what I write even matters at all. But I’m once again remembering why I write: for the joy of it! And to possibly bring encouragement to others. So, this is my attempt to relish both my return home AND my re-entry into writing---spilling words on the page.

(c) Marlene Depler


Alice said...

I hope you continue to write and find joy in it, Marlene. I know how hard it is to find inspiration at times, and it's so easy to put it aside until later, but if we have things that we want to commit to print, then we need to be resolute about it.

There, I've just given myself a pep talk too.

Kerri said...

Believe me, your writing matters! You have a great talent for encouragement and a wonderful way with words. Your words impart a feeling of peace and always provoke thought. Do keep it up!
I'm so excited to have a climbing rose with lots of blooms this year. It's the first time I've ever had a rose with more than a few blooms at once. So beautiful! I just have to make a decision about what to use for it to climb on....something that will fit into the garden naturally and won't stick out like a sore thumb.
I'm glad you had a nice break and yes, it's always good to come home :)