In the house where I work with developmentally disabled adults, it’s a tradition to go on an outing the day after Ascension. This is a day off work and school in Switzerland, where religious holidays are still celebrated as state holidays – and Ascension always falls on a Thursday 40 days after Easter, so most people make it a four-day weekend.
We all loved having the chance to get away from the usual routine and see something different. Our trip involved taking three trains and a gondola to the top of a mountain in the Jura range, the Weissenstein near Solothurn — I’d been there before, but not for many years. We lucked out with the weather, which has been rainy lately, and there were clouds but no precipitation.
We took a short hike along the ridge trail, enjoying the fresh air, rocky landscape, and lush grass and wildflowers. I never get tired of mountain scenery.
When you go to the top of a mountain in Switzerland, there’s almost always a restaurant to refresh you after your journey, and this one is no exception. We enjoyed our meal there, but after breaking my usual habits and eating the delicious dessert of meringue and ice cream, I learned that I really can’t eat sugar. I had stomachaches immediately and terrible diarrhea soon afterward! I even continued to feel sick the next day. It was uncomfortable, but also provided a strong reminder that I won’t forget the next time I’m tempted to eat sweets. Five minutes of pleasure is not worth two days of suffering.
Then we did the whole journey in reverse. After a nine-hour day, I was thankful to get home without further incident, and with everyone else in good condition.
Did you do anything special this month? Or learn any hard but necessary lessons?
Share Four Somethings is a meme hosted by Overflowing with Thankfulness. I thought I’d try something new and join this year, as a way to look back at some of the things I loved, saw, learned, and ate each month. (I’m replacing “reading” with “seeing,” because I always review my reading in my monthly wrap-up post.) If you’d like to join too, the linkup is the last Saturday of each month.