January 1, 2019, Prescott-
It is bright, beautiful and 18 degrees outside, on this first morning, of the last year, of the second decade, of the Twenty-first Century since the birth of Jesus the Christ. Life has not changed much, outwardly, from yesterday-other than that the storm has moved eastward.
Thus far, this decade has brought both great joy and intense pain. The pain came first, and Penny spent 2010 in agony and decline, before being delivered from all suffering, in the early part of the following year.
I have since left my Phoenix home, gone through the recovery phase of Chapter 7, lived in, and sold, my in-laws’ Prescott home-at their behest and settled in this comfortable, one bedroom apartment, which will remain my residence until it is time to move on, at the point of my retirement from education, likely in December, 2020.
I have seen our son, Aram, blossom into full manhood, going full force up the enlisted ranks in the United States Navy, though he currently plans to return to civilian life at the end of this enlistment. He’s a husband now, with he and his wife, Yoonhee, affirming their marital vows in a sacred setting, this coming March. They have fine examples, of dedicated marriage, on both sides of the family.
I have said farewell to my parents-in-law, in 2014 and in 2018. Uncles, aunts, cousins and friends have gone on, also, though many remain. I am also blessed that my mother is still keen of wit and able to live on her own, in the very home in which my siblings and I were raised.
I have always been a wanderer. The first time I can remember going off on my own involved crossing a street unaided, which earned me a few strokes of a hairbrush, on the backside. My subsequent sojourns have not been quite so problematic. While some of my travels have left family members, and others, shaking their heads, nothing has befallen me that was not able to be rectified in fairly short order. To be sure, even greater adventures are, God willing, in store.
The same is true of my friendships. Since being on my own, I have found just what a fallacy “on one’s own” is. Hundreds of people have come into my life. The best of them have remained, even if some of them are only present electronically. The worst have, thankfully, moved on. All have taught me valuable lessons. There are good friends across the North American continent, in Europe, India and Africa- and I would be overjoyed to visit with them, at least once. For now, we can see one another here.
Finally, there is the question, “Where is home?” I could choose the grandiose answer: “Why, all the Earth is my home!”, and I would be telling the truth-as I feel relaxed, anywhere. Practically speaking, Prescott is home, for now. After this phase of my life comes to an end, “home” could be in the Pacific Northwest, in the Heartland, in southeast Alaska, on the East Coast or, for a time, on the road-with my permanent possessions largely in storage. My little family, good friends and the needs of the wider community will all play a part in where I find myself.
For now, let’s enjoy the sunlight.