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Written by Janet Mendenhall - Valley View Friendship House

Grounded in Gratitude

I am not a well-traveled person. But, as a youngster, we moved around a good bit, and from wherever we landed we traveled each summer to New York to visit my maternal grandparents. I remember the sights and sounds of those trips, particularly the hushed voices of my parents in the dark as my father drove all night while my four siblings and I slept in the back of the station wagon.

Driving across bridges and through tunnels was always my favorite part of the trip; though I sometimes found myself holding my breath or gripping the door handle until we had crossed whenever I thought too much about what we were actually doing...