November 8, 2018, Prescott-
Transitions, both for better and for worse, often seem to take place, just before or after my birthday, which falls towards the end of this month. They have been big changes, and small ones.
On my 25th birthday, in 1975, I made the drive from my parents’ house, back to Northampton, MA, only to have my then-boss gleefully tell me I had been fired, from a part-time job. I later found this move was made because a co-worker’s son needed a job. An acquaintance put things in perspective that night, telling me her divorce had been finalized, earlier that day. I went on, without the chump change.
In November, 1980, I began to get a very strong message that it was time for me to get involved with a woman again. A week after my 30th birthday, I met Penny, in Zuni, NM.
In November, 2000, personnel changes took place at the school where I was working, in the aftermath of the untimely deaths of the school’s founders. I had been hired by the wife, whose replacement was not exactly fond of how I was running the school. My tenure at the school would end, under questionable circumstances, a few months later.
In November, 2010, Penny was released from the rehabilitative hospital, in which she had been treated for seven months, due to insurance policy requirements. She would live only three more months, mostly in hospice treatment.
Late last month, Penny’s mother, the last surviving of her own parents’ children, met the end of her physical suffering. She will see the civil marriage of her only grandson, from the other side of the Veil. My beloved son will be wed, on American soil, in Guam, next week. I will be there in the fullest of spirit, with the promise of attending a spiritual wedding ceremony, next March.
So, once again, autumn brings transition into my life. There will be other changes, I’m sure, and the net will be for the better.