The year has flown by since last Thanksgiving. This year, we had a very quiet Thanksgiving Day with a placeholder meal for the Thanksgiving Feast. At my son’s suggestion, we decided to delay the turkey dinner until my daughter moved back to North Carolina in early December. Having her move back to North Carolina is truly a cause for thanksgiving. Perhaps when she has completed all her studies to be a nurse, she will settle not too far away. At least the probability goes way up.There’s a big movement to “buy local” when it comes to food and other products. I think there could be a similar movement to “settle down local” to family.
When I ventured out from my home in my twenties, I moved across the continent, from left coast to right coast. I love living here in North Carolina — for me, the trees are right, the climate is right, friends are close by. I never could get used to the drizzle in Seattle or the eucalyptus and palm trees in California — or the lack of trees period in Idaho. I like to visit friends and family in all those places. I especially enjoy the summer mildness, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainier in Seattle and the incredibly wide-open sky in Idaho. But here’s where I’ve wanted to put down roots.
Speaking of roots, I have found hundreds of acorns sprouting in our walks through the woods this fall — more than I ever remember seeing. I’ve heard that it’s a bumper crop of acorns this year. I wonder if they have also been sprouting earlier than usual as well?
The saying is that the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree. I did, and now I find it makes it difficult to be there for my mother when she needs me. I hope that my children can both settle down close by — so that I can be there for them when they need me, and later, perhaps, they can be there for me.
Farmer’s Market Image courtesy of BaylorBear78
Sprouting acorns courtesy of Edward Britton