When we bought the Doublewide Ranch, I asked the folks we bought it from if they’d miss the view. “Oh no…not at all,” they said. “Sometimes you just get tired of seeing the same old thing every morning.”
I was astonished. The view is the reason we bought the place (and paid way too much for it). Our doublewide sits atop a small hill where we can see, not only the skyline of Asheville ten miles away, but much of the surrounding valley, as well as the tall mountain ridges that rise up from the valley in the distance. Not to mention the vast, endless expanse of sky. I have to laugh remembering what she said about “seeing the same old thing” because even though we do see the same mountains and the same valley and the same trees, it is never the “same old thing.” Even now, in just the last five minutes, as thunderclouds moved in from the northwest, the sky has gone from bright blue to blackish-grey and the mountains are partially obscured by what appears to be a rainstorm about ten miles east. The colors of the hills, the trees, and the grassy valleys are ever-changing with the seasons, and even the skyline of Asheville is transformed as more high rises are constructed.
Sometimes, I’ll lie awake worrying about this and that, occasionally even thinking of how we spent our nest egg on this place shortly before the economy went bust, and now we’ll never get it back. As it is for so many families, our place is now worth much less than we paid for it. But at first light, as I stand on the porch seeing Blue Ridge Blue Collar Man off to work (as I do every morning), I am amazed anew at the vista of mountains, fields, trees, and sky before me. I still sometimes can hardly believe that I get to wake up to this every single day.
Sure, in some ways it IS the same thing every day. But it’s wonderful to depend on those mountains, those hills, and those trees (for the most part) being there every day. Really, though, it’s never the same because nature’s many-hued palette changes from hour to hour, from day to day, from season to season. I am grateful for the ways in which our view never changes, and I am grateful for the ways in which it does. I’ll never, ever take it for granted. And I’ll never, ever get tired of it.