Hi Babe, It is me. In December it will be nearing the 2 year anniversary when you departed my arms. Only a few months away. I have been working along my little path and even when I can't see where it is leading, I have been sure to stop and soak in the beauty around me. For that alone, I know you are proud of me. Fall is now here and the leaves on the trees are changing color. The coolness in the air surrounds.
I have been maintaining and managing to the best of my abilities. The house is buttoned up with the exception of one repair that I would like to make before Winter sets in. If I can get that completed then all my homestead goals will have been fulfilled for this year. The garden has been the best it has ever been. It was a record year. I think it was because I laid straw down to keep the weeds out and it worked very well to hold the moisture in for the plants.
The river bank? It is still the same river bank, growing as wild as ever. Although two trees, the same ones you kept cutting down so it would not obstruct our view, came back. They were growing big! So big, in fact, I knew it was something that I had ignored and once they began to take over, I contemplated just letting them grow. I wondered if I should just let them grow and tried to imagine not seeing the water from the house anymore. I thought it might be a blessing as a windbreak. But, deep down I knew I was just justifying keeping those big weeds around because I didn't know how to remove them. So, I made a phone call and had someone cut them and immediately was glad I did. I vow to catch them early next Spring so that they will not grow out of control anymore.
You have really changed my life. Given me the opportunity to see what my own capabilities are. I am even thinking about my future. Trying to imagine in a very real way what I would want the second half of my life to look like. I can only see a foggy outline. Snippets of things like me still living and taking care of our home, River-Rose. Each year living more simply and naturally. I realized that I only envision myself doing tasks that make me extremely happy- only have to do with the family we once had. Now, our immediate family has dwindled as my oldest has left the nest and our youngest has just become a legitimate teen at 13 years old. I try to imagine what the house will sound like when there is no one to call out to. What type of thoughts will roam through my brain as I live my existence alone? Will I be comfortable with the stillness?
I realize that you and I had an age difference and that is why we joked you were the geezer. Still, your life ended too short from Pulmonary Fibrosis at age 50. Which is an age that I think is still very young. When I transfer that to being a widow at my age, it seems I have a long road to walk down in solitary. This is not how I pictured things would be for me when you and I were healthy, before this disease came into our lives. At the same time, the idea of being alone does not cause me enough discomfort to want to be with anyone else. To the contrary, it actually prompts me to discover how I can be more at peace with myself. To perhaps imagine finding a different kind of joy in my journey. And that is why I contemplate. I realize that I must imagine what things I want to bring into my life that will fill my future days. I cannot be complacent in a comfortable area. If I would like my life to be a journey of joy, I cannot wait for joy to knock at my door, I have to reach out and work for it.
Money, travel, clothing, things, may bring a little better sense of security to ones mind, but it doesn't change what lives in our mind and soul. I have picked up and left and driven for days. I have found the most beautiful, exciting, and serine places. In the wrong frame of mind, none of it filled me. I could have the ocean outside my window, sitting in a beautiful room, and still be filled with twisted knots.
Just a thought, My Love. Thank You for bringing me to a moment in time that I have been forced to be truly honest with myself. Even though I have not discovered the answers, the period of discovering purpose is a gift in itself.
With All My Love....