Good morning, friends.
I’m off work early tonight to visit with my younger sisters in Springfield for the first time in a couple months, and I must admit that I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve learned that I have a lot in common with my sisters, in spite of sometimes feeling completely disconnected from them. They do live 50 or so miles away, so I guess it does sorta make sense that I don’t drive up there all the time, but I hope to make it a little more regular than this in the future.
After Dad passed, I had my concerns that my sisters and I would fall out of touch with each other. Sure, things change with time and they are both adults now so they don’t have to look to me for inspiration or comfort about the ways they choose to live their lives, but I’m glad that we’ve all managed to keep in contact regardless. They have a rough way to go in the near term, what with this being their first winter without a “safety net” of any kind really, but I’m confident that they can take care of themselves.
I think Dad would be proud of them for what they’ve done so far with so little; I know I am. Life can throw a lot of hassles at us in a short span of time, but it is only when we sit idly by while the challenges mount that we really, utterly fail. They may have made some decisions that I would have done differently, but they own that. May they find happiness and inner peace in whatever they do.
An added treat for me tonight: I’ll be driving the Oldsmobile (also known as the Chaos Cruiser) to Springfield tonight. Fact is, no matter how many cars I’ve driven, nothing feels as comfortable to me as the “B-Body” General Motors cars. Having an excuse to put a few miles on it feels like a special treat for some reason. Maybe I’m just easy to please.
Anyway, I’m sure I’ll stay up too late, drink too much (soda — 5th precept folks!) and eat too much junk, but I’m not ashamed, really. Can’t place a value on visiting with family, whether they be in far away in Illinois, or nearer to home in Ohio.
Please be well!