“Daddy, where are we going?”
The little girl looked up at her dad with wide blue eyes. She’d been sitting in the back seat for what felt like hours and she was tired of waiting to find out their destination.
“Patience is a virtue,” he said as he turned off the main road and onto an unpaved path that led into the forest. He drove for a few more miles until the trees engulfed them and it was clear they were no longer on any kind of human-made path.
“Now you’re being patient,” he said, smiling at her in the rearview mirror.
“Do you know what this place is?” she shook her head, still looking around wide-eyed with excitement as if mapping out every detail to tell her mom later.
“This is where I used to go when I wanted some alone time.”
“What did you do here?” The little girl asked. He thought about his answer before telling her that sometimes he’d just sit amongst nature and let himself be one with God’s creation or find peace by remembering all the times they bonded together.