January 16, 2020-
It was a productive day, for me and my charges, at Peach Springs School. I will go back, on Tuesday, for at least next week’s instructional days. Whatever happens, I feel a strong bond with a few students, right out the gate. The Hualapai remind me, strongly, of the Hopi and Dineh- and there are people in Peach Springs who have, and always will have, my heart.
This Home Base of mine is similar, in that I have bonds with people here, too. Like me, though, most of them come from somewhere else. That is the difference between Native American communities and larger, more recently-settled towns and cities. The friends here are no less precious, but they know the reality of moving.
I have been scolded, in the past, for being too often on the move. None of that irritability, strangely, has come from my Native American friends. They sense that what occurs naturally, organically, is for the best. Indeed, several of the students spoke fondly, of their own family trips- to Las Vegas, primarily. It’s the nearest large city, so they do their Mall visits in the area south of the Strip.
This weekend, prior to my landing the present assignment, I had planned on going up to Valley of Fire, east of the entertainment mecca. I have an inclination to put that excursion on hold, and head over to a closer hiking destination, on Sunday and Monday. Some home fires just tend to burn more evenly, when left smoldering for a few days.