As I make my way around New England, saying goodbye to people and places I love, I have made some new discoveries and made new realizations about myself.
I had a wonderful visit with friends from my Martha's Vineyard Writing program, Andrea, Joan, Diana, MinGi and made some new friends, Sarah and Jackson. We rented a house on the Vineyard that I have stayed in perhaps 4 other times. It is a wonderful home, owned by Chuck and Ann who also operate the lovely shoppe "Off Main" in Vineyard Haven.
Oops, I will finish later, as my plane to visit my wonderful daughter, son in law and grandson in Baltimore is boarding...It's late, but that's no excuse.
My Farewell Tour
I am calling this part of my journey, before I leave, my "Farewell Tour" because haven't you ever noticed that when a cool rock band is going to change members or break up, they have a Farewell Tour that lasts about a year? Well, I began my "Farewell Tour" at the Thanksgiving dinner table last November as I sat and looked around at my family, my cousins, aunts and uncles and I asked my mother what she would think if I decided to teach overseas. My mother responded favorably and I thought, well, then, this is it. This could be my last Thanksgiving dinner with the family in New England, for a couple of years. I mentally looked around at the family as if to impress their faces and that moment on my mind. At that point, my mother was the only one who knew that I was planning such a crazy, wild journey of my heart. I applaud her for being open to such an idea. Now that I am further along in my journey, she is still so very supportive. What more can one ask from her parents?