Traditions are wonderful things not just because of what they are but who you share them with.  It is continuity, a rhythm you create and maintain in life no matter what happens through the year.

Take for instance today; I went on a day trip with Jody, my best friend since childhood.  Every autumn for the last 20 years we take one day out of our busy lives to travel to North Carolina, stopping along the way at antique and novelty shops, getting things we just can’t seem to find anywhere else, and purchasing Christmas and birthday gifts for others to justify the amount of money we spend on ourselves as well.  It is a time we can talk about anything with each other and share thoughts we share with no one else.  We re-solidify the friendship that has remained steadfast since we were 5 years old.  This yearly trek is our tradition.

Traditions are a way of life for all of us.  Whether it’s a ritual of opening one gift on Christmas Eve or baking cookies for your child on their first day of school, it’s a way of making us feel a part of something bigger.  A tradition can be so ingrained that when it’s broken, you truly feel a loss.  A divorce or break-up happens and you can miss the Sunday morning breakfast-in-bed more than you miss the person; your child goes off to college or enlists in the armed forces and you no longer have the birthday party to plan for them each year.  New traditions can be established, but the old ones are like old friends, never forgotten, never replaced.

I’m all for spontaneity but traditions keep us grounded; they tie us to our friends and family.  As we head into Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, celebrate not only the season but the traditions that come with them.

Heading out of Virginia Beach today "Stumpy Lake"

Aptly named for all the tree stumps and trees growing in the water

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8 Responses to Traditions

  1. The part on here that you talk about traditions being lost for reasons of divorce or children leave home ring very true for me. It seems harder to re-establish some traditions after they’re lost.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  2. Reading this prompted me to send a message to the friend I have known since I was 5 (it’s a bit late to call her, with her having small children and whatnot). It’s so hard to catch up when you have jobs, marriages, kids…. We don’t see each other often enough and I loved the idea of taking one day out every year to go on a day trip.

  3. Karina Cox says:

    Trish, I love this post and the tradition you and your friend share. It is such a lovely way to keep the friendship alive and look forward to some quality time away. Fun antiquing, too!

  4. Jody says:

    Yes we had awesome day , it comes and goes so quick, so thankful we still do it. The weather even better too, just like the company, love you trisha, the best bff anyone could have and glad thats me!

  5. I recently wrote a blog about helping my mother write her memoirs. It was a wonderful experience and this article on traditions only underlines that ours was beyond time well spent. Thank you for pointing out why we all need to embrace what’s behind us, not always chase what’s in front of us. So happy I found your great blog!

  6. Mitch says:

    Traditions are great in that they use us to bridge our past to our future. We are able to pass on emotions, feelings, concepts and ideas gone by in hopes that we will somehow, even if vicariously, be able to experience them again. Thank you for your post Trish, for it reminds me that time is precious and the things we do have the ability to help us tap into who we truly are.


  7. It’s always hard to strike the balance between following traditions and making way or the new ideas.I’m glad you are able to hold on to what is important to you. I love the pics!

  8. Mimi Barbour says:

    I love traditions. They’re a reliable part of life and where would some of us be without them to depend on?
    Great photos!

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