January 2, 2017, Chula Vista- “Make a friend today. Be the first to smile, in a friendly way.”- These words, to a Bluegrass song, coming from my son’s housemate’s i-pod, say all that needs to be said, in the first step to healthy survival.
Son is understandably anxious, about the coming change in his life, which is why I’m here, this week, and will be available for him, between now and departure day. It makes it easier,for both of us, that he will be in Arizona for most of that time. Once he gets to Korea, there will plenty of other seasoned adults to guide him into the routine.
I went on a routine errand, to pick up some items at the local Ralph’s (SoCal’s version of Fry’s and Kroger’s), yesterday afternoon. While backing out of my space, synchronicity almost led to crash, as a large SUV was also backing out, across from me and the guy who was waiting for my space was inching forward. Each of us noticed the others, at the last split second, and no fender benders hailed in the New. Such is life, in Bubble Land. I’m grateful to everyone, when I was growing up, who kept after me to get out of my head and pay attention. Now, I just have to keep their admonitions in mind, in all circumstances.
Today is statutory New Year’s Day, which means that, while the majority of us carry on with our lives, the government and the banks stay shuttered, more or less. It could be more severe, though. In Japan, New Year lasts for five days. Then again, even here, if Congress and the Executive don’t get their act together, soon, it’ll be another series of rounds of “Who’s open for business?”, come April.
The rains were kind to SoCal, and to nearby eastern neighbours, this past weekend. I sense we all may get a few more soakings, the rest of this winter. It’ll be a relative drop in the bucket, but perhaps will be the start of a reasonable trend.
Reasonable trends are what we need, across the nation, and the planet. I look forward to each such movement, however small. Have a great month, moving forward, everyone. I will be here, as many days as possible. Oh, and make a friend today!