It’s been a long year. Yesterday we finally went through the front door, stepped into the car and drove for a while. At the other end we stepped out… and found ourselves in a different world – a Paradise.

I basked in the warmth of the sunshine, bending to look at the wildflowers as we wandered the woodland – anemones and celandines, bluebells, violets, primroses and tiny wild strawberries. Orange-tip butterflies floated through the air like petals on the wind.

We heard the falls before seeing them through branches, the rushing roar of water as it tumbled downstream.

Finally we were free.

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7 months ago

Just what we all needed after the endless lockdowns. Even for those of us who don’t have a paradise to escape to, this story still lifts us out of our sense of isolation. Beautiful descriptions. Book us all tickets, please!

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
8 months ago

Wow! Does this mean that you’re finally out of lockdown? Great story.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
8 months ago

Paradise indeed Carrie and some freedom at last. You’ve described it so well. Lovely story.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
8 months ago

Carrie, I love the descriptions of the waterfall and the wild flowers. It sounds idyllic! My first thought when I read this was that it must have been the first outing after lockdown. Well done.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago

Wow! How happy I am to know that you are finally out of lockdown and finally free. It is now easy to travel and explore paradise. A well-written story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

Yes, Carrie. I can feel how you love to be close to the water and nature as I could vividly imagine the beautiful description of waterfalls, wildflowers, and birds in your story. You love nature, as I love nature too.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
8 months ago

Ah yes, Carrie, it has been an exceedingly long year. How nice to read about your newly found freedom! I hope we are out of the Covid woods and into the real woods, with their gorgeous wildflowers and waterfalls. Thanks for sharing!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
8 months ago

Yes Carrie, freedom comes in so many different ways ?.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
8 months ago

We are nearing the end of a dark time. This is a beautiful way to welcome the new happy times. Brilliant writing (as always! ? )!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

Now, there’s a difference! I can imagine the joy and sense of freedom you felt, finally being able to enjoy nature and wildlife after that long time indoors. Great description of your experience.

Susan Dawson
Susan Dawson (@susan-dawson)
7 months ago

Released into summer as well as from the lockdown. It was very constricting not being able to travel to beauty spots in the winter, but we have been out and about a bit in the Spring.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
7 months ago

A lovely story, Carrie. Hope you’ve been to visit your daughter and parents since you first “escaped”. We’re all so ready for “Normal”!! Congratulations on your win.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Carrie.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

You’re welcome, Carrie.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

Congratulations Carrie, a very uplifting story.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Carrie! Every time I read your story it makes me wish we can get into the car and go on a trip. Great story!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse (@marianna-pieterse)
7 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

Carrie, that is so true. I appreciate this community of writers who, even during a pandemic, can take each other on trips to other times and places. It really does give me comfort.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
7 months ago

Carrie, you always give us such gifts in your stories! Congratulations on your win, but also on your newly-found freedom! May we all find our own paradise this summer!

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
7 months ago

Definitely a story we can all relate to, Carrie! Every small step is paradise now and I hope we never forget how lucky we are to have precious freedom; the small things, the big things, ALL things. Well done!

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Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
7 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

We certainly do, Carrie, and how lucky we are to be able to write about it 🙂

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

Congratulations, Carrie! With your beautiful choice of words, it is easy to see and feel the experiences described in your story.

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