Oh Indiana! I have missed you. While I was on the home stretch after 18 hours of driving from Florida to Indiana, the sun was setting ahead of me and I was surrounded by fields on every side. I realized three of the things that I have been lacking.
Now, after my first weekend in Indiana, I remember why I appreciate this state so much.
I walked my dog on a trail behind my in-laws house and two horses in the neighboring field ran up to the fence to greet me. I said hello and stared at them for awhile. When I started walking, they walked along side me. I stopped again and they stopped as well to stare at me. I wonder if they could tell that I had been a city girl and they thought that I needed an escort while walking in the country?
I also went to a laundromat this weekend. I had a wonderful conversation with a stranger there. She knew who I was through Lynn’s family and we talked about life. That would not happen in Orlando.
On Saturday when we unloaded the moving truck that I had just helped to pack a few days earlier (ugh), three of Lynn’s brothers and one of his nephews helped us unload without being asked. It was so refreshing to experience that type of community again.
I have saved the best experience for last- I haven’t locked my car doors since I have been here. When it is parked in the driveway, I leave the keys in the ignition. When I parked at the laundromat, it was unlocked. I can’t tell you how that feels. It is like I can relax again.