I headed north early Saturday morning. Destination Vermont, Rutland to be exact. My son, Jonathan (JonBoy) and his wife, Calico, live in Rutland and it’s been a while since I visited.
I’ve always loved Vermont and find the energy there refreshing and restorative. So . . . un-New York, which in my opinion tends to edgy, short-tempered and hurried. The people in Vermont appear to be more relaxed, funky, earthy and everyone seems to own a dog.
I could be misreading the Vermont energy, though I doubt it. I swear that I can feel it every time when rounding that bend on Route 4 toward Rutland and I catch my first glimpse of the mountains. Those mountains. . .they seem to pull me in, wrap their arms around me and wash away all my troubles. If only for a moment, it feels good and I want more.
JonBoy and Calico are the epitome of Vermont life. Their home is all natural – pottery, leather and 100% cotton with Phish posters adorning all the walls. Plus they own two dogs – Oscar and Adobe – both Rhodesian Ridgebacks. They ski, hike and eat more healthy foods than anyone I know. Vermont suits them.
With my stress level in the red zone for quite sometime this trip to Vermont was long overdue. JonBoy and I spent the day together while Calico was at work. We just hung out – the perfect Vermont thing to do – and then we took the dogs for a walk through the soft powder at the local golf course.
I met Ziggy and Lucky, two West Highland Terriers and their parents plus Guinness a Labrador Retriever and his dad. In true VT style we walked and talked and every so often JonBoy would turn and ask, “Are you okay Mom?” a dead give away that I am indeed an out-of-towner, a New Yorker (albeit Upstate) no less.
In the evening we just chilled (another perfect VT thing to do) after enjoying a pasta dinner with Calico’s Arugula/Strawberry/Walnut/Feta Cheese salad and bread sticks with roasted garlic and Asiago Cheese! My VT weekend was way too short, but I take with me the memory and a belly full of the best waffles this side of the Green Mountains!