Friday I went to visit my friend Marlene who blogs at In Search of it All, who is about to skip town like a gypsy and head off into adventure. She’s selling her house and it will close while I am back in Annapolis teaching. I won’t be here to help her empty the house or clean it, or even to wave goodbye. While I’m a huge fan of adventure and I know her next few chapters are going to work out for the best, it means our ability to visit with each other will be interrupted. So I had to see her.
The last time I went over there I saw a fabulously decorated house on the way. This time I couldn’t drive past and leave it, so I pulled over to take a photo. But I couldn’t stop at one photo. The more I looked, the more I laughed.
Please enjoy this wonderful display, and have a Happy Halloween, my favourite holiday.
Marlene and I had a great visit. She is an exceptional person, and so filled with caring and generosity. But also, oh, what a refreshing clear-eyed view of life and her place in it, and our places in it. Marlene doesn’t have time for societal expectations, and works her way through the world as it actually is. This is why we get along so well. She has lived through life challenges that many of us can’t even comprehend, and yet she emerged on the other side of it all with a huge smile and a twinkle in her eye. We chatted until I think we got all the different topics covered. During that time, her daughter came home from work and brought us all sandwiches. Then I visited a little with her daughter, too.
They both sent me off with admonishes to “Be safe,” even though they are the ones leaping into adventure. My wishes for safety go right back to them both. As Roy Rogers and Dale Evans sang, Happy Trails to you, until we meet again.