The rest of the plan involved meandering around southern New England on so-called “blue highways”: those cute little roads that preexisted the interstate and now run between towns. They’re dotted with gas stations, cafes, motels, and lots of stop lights. How charming they are, but let me tell you, it can take HOURS to get anywhere. Our first destination (a Motel 6--we only go for luxury!) was only 82 miles NE of New York City but it took us about 5 hours to get there.
The next three days were gloriously colorful—the leaves,the rain, the sprinkled donuts! We played tourist in New Haven and spent some time visiting Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain, or at least their homes. A few days earlier our family genealogist (and brother) reported that one of our ancestors, a woman named Dilla Rose, was an abolitionist. So I felt a special kinship with Harriet (two liberal radical feminists in a pod) as we walked away from the house.
|The Harriet Beecher Stowe House|
|I love the old gravestone verbiage!|
Yes, that’s why I love New England—it’s all there.
Obviously one of the best reasons to be in New England in the fall is, um, FALL. I try to go back every year and I try to time it just right, but you know, nature has her own plans. Damn her! But this time we were completely in sync.
|The Connecticut River in it's colorful shawl|
Something finally hit home for me.
Fall lays bare a struggle, but also a world of possibilities. In a brilliant burst of unfettered resistance, the year comes to an end anyway; her failures and successes falling away too, making room for what will come to be.
|Out of Balance pendant|
|This is Vermont!|
I found my past in family and familiar places and Aunt Marie’s stories of almost forgotten escapades with cousins I haven’t seen in a million years. But I also found openings: ideas for new designs for my work, new adventures with my sister, trips yet to take and memories yet to be made.
|Autumn Colors Necklace|
|Beautiful stream in Keene, NH|
I think next year I will reminisce more, and maybe go see some of those cousins.
|You CAN go home again, as long as you use a covered bridge to get there.|