The joy of being lost in the woods

In Burke, there are these wonderful trails, throughout all the neighborhoods!  I don’t stray far from home, but today me and Chazz got lost.  I couldn’t even recall the last place I recognized but before I knew it, we were on a gravel path.  We were walking, while I listened to the music of Fun. coming from my earphones when I get a call from my husband.  “We’re exploring, I don’t really have any idea where we are right now…” Not too concerned, we get to a street, then leading to a busy main cut through road that a lot of cars whiz by.  Not going that way.  Now, I’m not technically lost, I know where we are, just not how to navigate the paths too totally well.  We come upon a couple walking their dog and we [Chazz and I] find out the way.  I turn off my music, annoying in the background (and I’m still having a hard time with figuring out the phone) and admire the GORGEOUS day! Just listen to the birds singing and the other wonderful sounds of nature.  So soothing, a state of tranquility washes over.



Walking along, and walking, and walking… just walking along, singing a song side by side… [song from 1930s]

Going going going, so far, but at least I know I’m going in the right direction.  Maybe a metaphor for my life…

So we’re walking for so long, I suddenly see train tracks on my right, wow I didn’t know we had gone that far! I know exactly where we are, we’ve come this way many times on  family walks with Matt and Chazz.
But then we get to a fork in the road, and I’m positive we go straight ahead, but Chazz pulls me the other way.  Ok, fine, I’ll give him a little bit…But then I realize where we are, and we’re on our way home!!  Chazz knows the way better than I do!

I don’t really know where I’m going right now, but I’m enjoying it.  And luckily, I have Chazz by me to tell me which path to take when I turn the wrong direction!

About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and adult caregiving.
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