November 27, 2016, Banning- I am fortunate to find many places, to which I can return, no matter how long it’s been since I have stopped by. One such is Gramma’s Country Kitchen, in this small, but pleasant city along I-10, east of Riverside. The decor reminds me of both my Godmother’s kitchen, when I was a child, and various places in which I’ve stopped in the Midwest, over the years. The owners and waitresses always seem to remember me, from previous visits and the place just feels like home.
My son’s place, in Chula Vista feels likewise, it goes without saying. It will be strange to go to San Diego, after February, and not have him there to visit. He will be doing other tasks, in his next duty station, though, and I will continue to feel pride in his achievements. We had a quiet, but comfortable, visit, over Thanksgiving and will have a few days together, here and there, between now and the time he heads out.
I got back, easily, to Prescott, and it will be a busy, fruitful month ahead- with work for both the Prescott schools and my Faith occupying a great deal of time. Needless to say, there are plenty of places here, where I likewise always feel welcome. At the end of this week, for example, the town’s Christmas tree will be lit and all of us in attendance will feel an abundance of welcome, from one another.
As I will write tomorrow, I personally will welcome another year to my chronology: 66. Hope all are rested from a joyful Thanksgiving!