April 26, 2017, Prescott-
I’ve had a good amount of time to think about the people and things that have come my way, over the past six years, especially the past month or so. I came upon what turns out to be an intensely spiritual little community of a few dozen good friends, anchored by two remarkable couples, who I met, in their entirety, last night, while online. The women, one in particular, showed a high level of concern for my well-being, last month, when I stopped by their coffee shop, after a long hike. I was fine, but that level of love resonated, deep in my heart. Maybe I’ve been on the go, and semi-independent, a bit too long, and the message is to savour connections, more than I have up to now.
There is, from my having met the rocks, the diamonds, of two large and loving families, a deeper lesson. My travels, here and there, will continue, as will my being active in the community that serves as my home base. There is, though, thanks to Mrs. Willa Ficarra and Mrs. Kathy Barga, a reminder that there is no real heart connection, without a sense of family. In all my travels, with three notable single-adult friends as exceptions, it has been the families who have befriended me, who have provided the most consistent support, admonition and encouragement.
As this academic year enters its final month, I look ahead to two months of connection, and re-connection, with friends, new and old, and with my own family, in strengthening the network that will help each of us, in whatever lies ahead.