September 18, 2016, Prescott- Fall is coming. Phoenix anticipates the last of its triple-digit days, for the year, will be this coming Wednesday. That may, or may not, prove to be true. We in Prescott have already had night temperatures below 40.
Fall was the season of my birth. It is, thus, the main time of year that I take stock of who I am, as a human being, and what remains to be addressed, as I move further along, in the earthly classroom of living.
My parents were very much the voice of reason, and prepared each of us well, for the challenges they knew were going to throw themselves our way. I was the one who had just a smidgen of faith in Deus ex maxina, supernatural rescuers and unicorns that one could ride to glory. None of these ever got me anywhere. The rolled up sleeves, and willingness to watch, learn and work at least have enabled me to survive, to have had a loving marriage and to have raised a solid young man.
I did two things today, to give myself a push forward, in the reality department. First, I moderated a faith meeting, helping to set short-term goals for our community. Second, I called my satellite television provider, of 20 years, cancelled the service and boxed up the receiver and its accouterments. This last is an acknowledgement that a new television, right now, would be an extravagance, at a time when there are other priorities- such as exercise, service activities and my son’s preparation for a change of duty station.
Last night, I finished reading “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s tale of a family which wallowed in self-imposed isolation, incestuous relationships and delusions of grandeur. It is one of the most intense novels of the 20th Century, presenting a northeast Colombian town (fictional, of course), from the time of the country’s independence to the early twentieth century, in all its political acrimony and struggles to reconcile spiritual mythology and paranormal occurrences with the encroachment of international economics and trade. No member of La Familia Buendia was ever really happy.
I thought of the illusions into which I bought, in my own life, and how much sweeter the ups and downs of reality have been for me, all through my married life and (for the most part) in the years since, than any of the flights of fancy that characterized my earlier years, or the brief periods, in 2011 and 2013, when I dealt with relapses into personal chaos.
So, on I will go, honouring my family, being present for those around me and building new friendships, both in real time and online. Happy Autumn, one and all.