There are many things that I love about where we live. One of my favorite things is the drive home. As I get closer to my house I have to drive through this tunnel of trees and it melts my heart every time. It is so inviting, and it completely warms my soul.
I realize that many things in life are relational, and this instance may be one of those moments. Almost 16 years, I visited Oak Alley Plantation with my dad and youngest sister.
The beautiful view towards the river is filled with so much history. I couldn’t help but think of all the events that these trees witnessed. It was breathtaking.
It is so quiet and peaceful here. We enjoyed a night in one of the cottages and at that moment this place became my “getaway”. This vacation with my dad was the perfect remedy to a broken heart and I learned so many things and made so many wonderful lifelong friends. The relationship that I was in was a bad one, the guy was rude, he believed money was the measure of a man, and judged people according to their financial successes… needless to say, he was an idiot.
It honestly took getting away and stepping back to realize that no matter how good I was to him, that he would always be demeaning and disrespectful. (I thought that would change if he was just shown enough love). Once I stepped back I could see that he was always going to treat those he loved in that manner and that was just who he was. It was sad.
However, I am so thankful for the experience because it has helped me appreciate those people that are loving and that do treat others with love and respect. Due to that relationship I will never take my good friendships for granted.
Now today whenever I see this tunnel of trees, I can’t help but think of new beginnings and happiness.
My sister found other reasons to appreciate the amazing grounds. She is a huge movie fanatic! She was more than thrilled to be staying in the location where they filmed Interview With The Vampire.
So I guess it is safe to say that this place had something for everyone.