As winter closes in on southwestern Ontario, I am making my way back to Texas. The window of time to visit Mom is now closed. She is much better than when I first arrived, and in fact, celebrates her 92nd birthday today. We have had a wonderfully intimate time together, something I will always treasure.
Apart from the blessing of spending time with Mom, I have experienced what I can only all a renewal of faith.
Being away from home has made me aware of how much of a bubble I live in. Ric and I have chosen a quiet, slow-paced existence, spending the majority of our time either in our own controlled environment or outside in nature. The noisy, smelly, crowded world of everyday life really closed in on me these past ten days, and along with it, a flare of pain, breathing difficulties, muscle cramps, exhaustion, and cognitive faltering. I realized how grateful I am for the life we lead, and will be happy to be home.
I fretted over the trip home, and in the end, we decided that I should travel to the airport the day before the flight and stay in a hotel, from which I am writing this post. I left midday, yesterday, and lucked out with a private airport coach, so the driver was able to accommodate my needs, including dropping me at the hotel, and helping me inside until further help took over.
At the border, the agent came out to me to check my passport – something the driver said never happens. At the hotel, they hung on to my suitcase while I had dinner. A patient waiter walked me through my dinner options and brought me an exquisite meal. I felt seen and pampered.
I’m going to use the metaphor of windows here again (after all, it is the focus of this week’s challenge). Always staying in one’s comfort zone, the view of the world is in danger of becoming rigid. Taking a risk, opens new windows, and as in my case, can restore or inspire new passion or motivation.
The last leg of the journey takes place in a few hours. I hope the angels of travel continue to watch over me.
Thanks to all who took place this week. If you haven’t browsed the entries yet, please do:
I’ll be back tomorrow with a new challenge. See you then!