Sometimes a mother just needs a break. Last weekend, I got that and then some! It was entirely what I needed. My sisters and I had been planning our annual sisters’ getaway for
weeks months. I say ‘getaway’ only because we typically choose small towns within our province to explore (no fancy overseas high-flying trip). We don’t have options to travel far together (without our families) given the pandemic and scheduling conflicts with life and childcare in general, but no matter the distance, we are always so excited to be away together! We picked the northern town of Thornbury, Ontario as this year’s getaway- a quaint and unique spot known for great restaurants, local gems and a town spa! I had an itinerary planned out down to the very last, meticulous detail.
I’m not at all a religious person but I prayed, with bated breath, that everything would go off without a hitch. I begged The Powers That Be to let no one get COVID (been there done that!), no one to fall ill otherwise, no flat tires, no accidental bookings or lack thereof, and no forced detours. My fierce praying worked (I should really pray more). I remember the morning of the great escape, I sneezed three times and I saw
my life the fun flash before my eyes.
Anyway, after the dramatics wore off, we got ourselves to our destination safely and we were free birds from there! Our delightful no-responsibilities-no-one-to-bother-us weekend consisted of eating our hearts out and browsing the many antique shops lining the main street. We loved chatting with the locals about food, wine, cheese, plants and exceptional finds. It seemed like everyone knew everybody and they were always looking out for one another. For me, given the state of the world right now, it was so inspiring to see.
The following are
some hundreds of photos from the weekend. Can’t help it.
In the words of Looney Tunes and Porky Pig, that’s all folks! To those who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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