I can’t believe how time has flown past and how busy my quiet little life has gotten!
Our plans have been stymied and confounded by family events; our son, thought to be newly settled in TN with his fiancée, has returned to California heartbroken and newly single. No job, no apartment. Fortunately he still has his car, and he is staying with friends as he job-hunts, but concern for him and his emotional state has been a bit worrisome! Then, on February 12th, my tall, charming 16-year-old grand-nephew (my sister Margaret’s grandson) was out riding his bike (helmet-less) and was hit by a car. He remains in ICU , while tests are done for brain damage, and although he is now out of his doctor-induced coma, and off the respirator, he is not as responsive as the neurosurgeons would like. Added to the concerns for Ben are my concerns for my sister, who is 13 years older than myself, and my brother-in-law, who is 27 years older than me. At 71 and 85 they are not taking care of their own health in their worry for their grandson, so I am wondering if I am leaving at a time that I might be needed.
Yet our new home beckons; the deep quiet of the desert, with its rich, inspiring sunrises and profoundly beautiful sunsets will be there to renew my spirits and feed my soul. I am longing for a chance to hike and rock-hunt, to feel a touch of the romance and the mystery pioneers passing through this area must have felt.
The time is ripe for this adventure, and after years of caring for children and my elder mother, I am feeling the need to take care of myself! Wish me luck!