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Whitestone is Better Than the Laundry Room

By: Valerie Bryant Bennett

Sitting On The Dryer

dryerMany people equate solitude with loneliness, and loneliness is rarely something we seek. Solitude is very different. It implies being alone, but not being lonely. I read once that no great creative work in art, poetry or music has ever come about without its creator spending long stretches of time in solitude. That makes sense, but solitude, for me, produces peace. There are times when the stresses and strains of everyday life wear me down, and when constant interaction with people (even those I love) drains me physically and emotionally. There are times when responsibilities and problems seem tangled in my mind, and, as my mother used to say, I need to “get the kinks out”.

When I was a single parent of three, the best I could manage at these times was to hide for five blessed minutes in the laundry room, perched on the dryer, praying and taking a few deep breaths. Those small children are adults now, so when solitude becomes as necessary as food or drink, I escape. My husband knows I will return a more amicable and refreshed person after two or three days.

Whitestone’s reputation as one of “The Most Romantic Inns in America” is well-deserved, but it deserves equal credit as a haven for solitude. When the mind and spirit are exhausted, a visit there alone can be a God-send. The scenery is breathtaking.  A walk on the grounds provides panoramic views of pastures and Watts Bar Lake, plus uninterrupted “think time”. The quiet there is healing, the staff warm and welcoming, and the food incredible.

Whitestone wonderfully maintains my sanity, and it certainly beats the laundry room.

rooom photo by: Maine Homeseller

  1. As parents we all have our ways of finding solitude! My children still talk about the times I gave them a newspaper and a pad of paper and pencil and had them go into the woods and find a tree to sit under to just be still and listen to God. They would draw a picture or write a poem. It was amazing to me what they would bring back to me from those experiences. But it also gave me an opportunity for my own stillness! I find this same connection with God when I spend time in the woods! Whitestone has been one of the places that allows me to do this and at the same time feel pampered and as well as prepared for my tomorrows!

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