It was wonderful to wake up at Mom and Dad‘s home today. Even though it has been years since we’ve been “home,” old, familiar feelings flooded my entire being. As is customary, I was up before dawn but by the time I walked into the family room, Dad was already sitting there with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Mom joined us shortly thereafter and with cups of coffee in our hands, we moved to the back porch, my favorite “room” in the house. Due to the fact that the porch is screened, we can enjoy the natural setting without worrying about nuisance bugs. As we sat in the cool morning air, the sun peeked over the horizon and through the tree branches illuminating a lively, beautiful yard. Birds were flying hither and thither, fighting for their turn at the feeders, and chirping loudly letting their presence be known. I looked through the screen down at the coi pond and watched the fish darting to and fro. Soon bees buzzed with activity as they began their task of gathering pollen from the multitude of flowers and plants. Although the yard appears to be a quiet haven of peace and calm, soothing body and soul, in actuality it is a busy, bustling, noisy place. And it is wonderful!
There are far too many photos to add to this post, but this gives you an idea. Later in the day different family members joined us to chat and catch up on the news. We lazed a lot, enjoyed our time, napped and relished the day. As if this wasn’t enough, Mom and Dad took Richard and me to see Kentucky Shakespeare in Central Park that evening. I remember that as a child the family would pile into the station wagon and head into Louisville to watch Shakespeare in the Park. Each summer there were three or four productions and we would catch them all. Last evening as we arrived, and started walking across the park toward the amphitheater I was flooded with wonderful memories. This is where I fell in love with Shakespeare. I couldn’t understand half of what was said, but by the end of the play I knew what the play was about. Same thing happened last night! To add to the drama, as we left home the clouds opened up and a downpour caused some worry. We got through that however, and by the time we arrived at the park the rain had passed. We had cushions to sit on so the wet benches didn’t bother us. But the rain made one last ditch effort to dampen our spirits. We laughed, reminisced, and eventually the rain cleared and we watched Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Kentucky Shakespeare is the oldest outdoor Shakespeare festival in the country, and our family started attending the plays just a few years after the summer productions were begun. Needless to say, the four of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Day three of our vacation was a very good day.
The following photos were taken prior to the production. We were warned of dire consequences if we shot photos during the play, so I tucked my camera away and simply enjoyed Shakespeare in the Park.