Coming Back Home from Vacation

A week ago I could not wait to set out on the route to vacation at the lake house on Lake June in Lake Placid, Florida. The trip started out at the cover of darkness and at dawn we arrived safely in Florida from Northern Alabama. The whole week at the lake house was nothing but rooms packed full of people eating good homemade food and sharing stories and a lot of laughter. But during the day everyone except me, my Mother, and my four month old grandniece Kyleigh Rae would go out on the lake “tubing”  (flying around the lake on a tube pulled by a jet ski.) Two little kids at one time or one adult. They stayed outside all week long even when the heat index went to 104 degrees! But about five o’clock every afternoon the thunder would roar and from the south end of the lake a thunderstorm would rear its black clouds and flashes of lightning and slowly come towards our lake house. The calm lake water would start rolling as if the tide was rolling in at the beach you could even see whitecaps on the waves that the torrential rain created. It sounds frightening but actually it was beautiful to behold! Then as quickly as it came it would pass over our lake house at the north end of the lake. Then back to the water everyone would scurry to use every bit of daylight the sun would spare them. My Mother and I had the chance to really bond and get close again. They brought me and my daughter down to Florida for an early birthday present for me. This was the best birthday of all. The only thing that would have made it perfect is if my husband had been able to take vacation and come with us! It was a wonderful week. that last day at the lake house we packed everything up and cleaned the house and on the way back to my Mother’s we talked about how vacations were a wonderful time for family gatherings but going back to the comfort of your home where everything is to your liking and not a group decision is even more comforting than a vacation. Sleeping in your own bed, snuggling up with your own covers and laying your head on your own pillow seems so enticing when you come back from vacation. My Mother was able to get back into her nest but my daughter and I had to wait forty-eight more hours to get back to Northern Alabama to where our nest was located. Mother had a thirty-seven minute drive to get back home but my daughter and I would have to wait for two days and then the second day come back home. Our trip was over eleven hours. Anticipating your own home for eleven hours makes it even sweeter when you arrive. Now we are here in our home and we are far away from that large  part of our family, The comfort of home evens the discomfort of not having family close by. But we had a summer adventure thanks to the loving kindness of My Mother and two younger sisters who picked us up and brought us home safely.  Vacations are so wonderful but coming home is the most comforting feeling of all!

About authorjlpitts

J.L. Pitts is a Non-Fiction writer. She blogs about her faith and writes probing articles on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is also a poet. Her newest book was published recently "Scar Wars Forged In Fight" is already stirring the nest in her memoir with a tell-all format. She is writing her third book also a non-fiction work about creating a closer walk with God. She is now a Certified Professional Counselor who specializes in helping clients to become at ease in any social situation. She herself learned these tactics after her own treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder showed her the gap in evolving in a therapeutic setting and evolving in today's society. Horrified by the fact that 22 soldiers diagnosed with PTSD commit suicide every day induced her to start this blog to reach out and connect with anyone dealing with PTSD and needing a hand back into society. As a Certified Group Facilitator she has started a Meetup Group for PTSD and is currently seeking a venue in the Huntsville, Alabama area. She has been sought out by radio talk shows on the internet and people with Podcasts that are booming. She feels younger every day because she stays so active Add to all that she is a Freelance Writer who never misses a deadline. Most of her free time is spent building a website for her career. You can check out the unfinished site at
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