My favorite thing to do in the fall is taking a drive through the country side. Nothing says fall like being surrounded by colorful trees, the open road, and empty fields. My family grew up in Washington, MO so frequent trips were taken down backroads to see family. It was the most wonderful thing putting your favorite music on the radio and driving down to the small town of Washington. The music complements the array of “ice cream trees” as the roads twist and turn. I called them this when I was little, for they look like colorful scoops of ice cream in the distance.
When the drive was over and we finally arrived in Washington, we did the next best thing. We’d drive over to the old part of town and settle in at Cowan’s Restaurant, home of some of the best pie I’ve ever had. (Do I even need to mention how the meringue on their lemon pie is literally like a foot high off the table? *heart eyes emoji*) My favorite was the Reese’s pie and they have some pretty dang good home cooked meals, including my favorite dish, their catfish. Then it it’s off to a bonfire on one of the country sides neighborhoods, which is the perfect end to a chilly night and a clear starry sky.
I just wanted to take a brief moment to share with you the LOVE I have for thunderstorms!!! They are probably the most gorgeous works of nature that anyone could experience on a regular basis. Seeing the lightening crack across the sky sends a thrill through me every time. Hearing the crash of the thunder is a reminder that nature can be louder than mankind. If you haven’t already guessed, I am one of those people you would find on their front porch watching the storm blow through. Some of you might wonder where my self-preservation is, but I find it soothing to listen to the outside world rage war within itself. Thunderstorms are loud, wet, and dangerous. I find these qualities as positive aspects. I do not mean that I enjoy sitting in the middle of a storm getting sopping wet, and I do not think car accidents as a result of a storm are a good thing. I mean more that people just need to pause what they are doing to reflect upon the phenomenon around them because it is a warning that we are too absorbed in our everyday lives. I take the opportunity when a thunderstorm strikes to listen to the world around me. Not the computer or the T.V. or the phone, but the natural sounds of the world. So, take a breath, stop, and listen to the storm!