Last Sunday, our family took a trip to the beach.
Only we never laid eyes on sand.
We were so happy all five of us could spend a day together taking in the cool breezes
and getting lost in the sound of the crashing surf.
We also wanted to take our dog to the beach for perhaps her last time
to play tag with the waves.
Five individual schedules aligned but collided with too many other details
to document here but the end result was traffic.
After two hours in the car and not making progress,
we took a quick vote and decided to try and find a lake.
Google Maps to the rescue.
We found a lake however,
it was late to find a prime spot with some shade.
We had prepared for the beach and not blazing sun.
Translation: we had grabbed sweatshirts and not sunscreen.
We had an umbrella which burrows easily in the sand but
not so well in hard soil supported by driftwood and rocks.
Once we set up “camp” very much off the beaten path,
(and we had quit our muttering)
a dragonfly landed on Carlen’s chair.
Just like my thing for ladybugs,
ditto for dragonflies.
We took pictures and selfies.
Our disappointment in the change of terrain dissipated
by a winged creature’s chance landing.
This beauty wouldn’t leave and when the time came (Carlen wanted her seat back)
I tipped the chair and found
a tall blade of grass to hasten its departure.
We lasted only a couple of hours and the heat was really hard on
our pooch Hazel.
We drove home from a different destination than we had
envisioned but we left full of the deposit made into
our memory banks.
Now we have lake memories to add to
the other ones of dragonflies
landing in our midst.
I wrote a post 3 years ago describing two different
dragonflies landing on our house and staying for hours
or in one case 2 days.
When I revisited this post, although I can be quite wordy,
I was extremely wordy back then.
Feel free to read those words but in case you would
like the Cliff Notes, read on.
We questioned why those dragonflies landed and remained.
The answer was revealed in a Google search in ten words.
Dragonflies need to stop and rest,
just like everyone else.
As much as I love watching dragonflies
zoom across the air and marvel at their
beauty and grace,
because of these past sightings,
they also remind me to rest.
Make rest your destination.
Last Sunday our destination was more
than a beach, it was to spend time as a family.
A lake, a beach or even a backyard could accomplish this goal.
Rest isn’t always an easy road.
There can be many obstacles and detours needed
to find the place of rest.
Seek rest no matter what it looks like.
I think rest is very much off the beaten path.
Eventually I hope rest will become a well-worn trail
for the majority.
If a dragonfly needs rest,
so do you.
Wherever you travel,
may you be filled with
the priceless deposit of rest.