Though I took it fairly easy through dinner and the movie Saturday night, I was just totally worn out Sunday morning. Sue suggested I come along with her to visit a friend who was sick, have a little lunch picnic with them, and get some fresh air. That sounded good, and once I got myself in motion I did feel better. But I did ache pretty much all over.
From her friend's house, Sue drove us over to South Berwick, ME to The Hamilton House; a beautiful old shipping merchant captain's home sitting on a promontory overlooking the Salmon Falls River. She wanted to take a walk with her camera around the grounds and along some of the trails of the bordering Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park.
She pulled a blanket out of the trunk for me, and we walked up to a grassy area off of the back of the admin building overlooking the river where there were a couple of wrought iron chairs. I set the blanket onto one of the chairs and sat down with my current book, Sol Stein's How to Grow a Novel while Sue went off on her photography explore.
It was such a beautiful setting and wonderful day; a great day to be healing up and able to get out and enjoy life in the fresh air! I have always appreciated life and respected its delicacy. But having been as sick as I was just confirms for me the need to live life to the fullest each and every day in each and every way.
We stopped briefly at the grocery store on the way home, and I was pretty tired by the time we got back. I had to rest while Sue put the food away, but was able to play some backgammon with her later before we fixed dinner. It was an early night for me, though. And getting up Monday morning was one of my toughest. But it was important that I went out and pushed it just a little Sunday. My body isn't going to heal just sitting around the house; I've got to keep moving and working it.