September 30, 2018, Prescott-
I stayed home, most of the day. Only a breakfast with fellow American Legionnaires and a trip to the laundromat, took me outside these four walls. It was a day of reflection, lots of reading of blog posts that were inspirational and a lot of thinking about what lies ahead.
I know that I will work for at least the rest of this academic year, though some have warned me that health is an issue. I am taking proactive steps, in that regard, because not being a nuisance to my family and friends is a top priority. Also, I am useful in my current post- and will provide continuity in the next academic year, if certain other personnel changes occur.
There will be changes in my family, also. Therefore, I need to maintain a flexibility, with regards to 2020, and beyond. I can’t say anything specific, just that my heart is delighted with news that I have received from some family members and solemnified, with the status of one of my in-laws.
Today would have been Penny’s 64th birthday. I got past the maudlin renditions of the Paul McCartney song, and pondered all that she still gives me, on a daily basis, in terms of insights and guidance. So, I keep her with me- the small cameo photo, that goes on road trips, the framed photos and small 3 x 5’s that are prominent in the living room and the wedding photo that remains in the bedroom. I keep her thoughts and her feelings about things we discussed, sometimes argued but never let get between us, for more than an hour or so. I keep her smile and her gentle singing voice. I keep her undying love.