Now, I'm in Texas again, where my problems seem small in the middle of all this space. I miss my family and friends. I won't let so much time go by without visiting again--no matter the obstacles. Despite the setting, we had a wonderful time together. Grandma insisted I have two cakes for my birthday, one that was pure butter and sugar from an infamous bakery down the street from her house. The other, the better, a lemon cake, made by Grandma herself that very morning. Mom and I made the drive there and back from Columbus. I spent the rest of the too-short time with Mom and my sister.
I miss them so much, but I'm glad to be back with my husband and dog, and, of course, Little Bob, my tailless outdoor kitty.
I've been writing and editing, but more than that, I've been doing very little (though there's no shortage of things to do). I've been meditating on my trip, thinking about my family, our future. It's been a long time since I've been so inactive, so able to think, and I thank my family for bringing me this sense of peace (no matter their hardships). The last time I was so inactive was when I underwent six weeks of recovery after stomach surgery quite a few years ago. Then, I felt forced to meditate and reevaluate my life. The quiet time was so precious, but so forgettable, and I'm not waiting for another illness to indulge it now. In fact, if I do this right, these three days will feel like a lifetime. Who knows what three days can change?