Gunshots Near Our Front Yard
About a week ago, gunshots were fired near the front yard of our urban homestead. No one was hit, but one bullet entered our neighbor’s bedroom, and another hit a different neighbor’s car.
My 10-year-old and I had been busy turning our minivan into a camper, and we were in our driveway the night that the shots were fired.
It was extremely scarey, and we were shaken up for days. As a parent, I was devestated that my little one was exposed to something so dangerous.
That experience was a wake up call for me. It made me examine the way that I felt about working on our city homestead.
I realized that I’ve learned a lot and made great connections with wonderful neighbors, but I also felt the effects of the stress of living in a neighborhood like ours. I felt uninspired and depleated.
On The Road For Healing and Inspiration
So my little one and I have embarked on a healing journey. We want to release the stress we’ve accumulated and find the next part of our journey. Serendipitously, we’ve been converting our minivan into a little camper so we’re equipped for our journey, even though we don’t know exactly where we are going.
Healing With Nature
Right now we are parked at a nature preserve listening to the wind and the rustle of leaves. I feel myself becoming whole again, and I see my child becoming filled with peace again.
We found this beautiful spot by chance. As I was driving down the interstate, my inner voice told me to exit. When we did, I saw signage directing us to a nature preserve some miles away. I was beginning to doubt myself and feel pretty lost when we came upon a sign for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat and Spirituality Center.
Stumbling upon a place off the beaten path called Our Lady of Perpetual Help made me feel like we were going in the right direction. We were invited to take a peaceful drive around the campus.
So far, we’ve camped in a national forest and stealth camped at a couple of rest stops. We have a loose plan that is based on following our joy and peace of mind.
Photos by Asante George