I am on the eve of a Take-off. Well, tomorrow is my last day at home and then I must leave for the airport before 6 a.m. on Monday morning. And yes, this is also a solo flight, as far as that goes. I am heading to Denver, Colorado, for a visit with my darling family. My daughter and son-in-law, and two wonderful grandchildren who live there, now much closer than when they resided for five years in Northern Ireland.
Even so, being in the same country again has not increased our visiting time. It’s been a year-and-a-half since I traveled to Colorado and almost seven months since they came here. So, the Big World Traveler has been a stay-at-home for quite awhile, mainly because my son needs me to be nearby as his lifelong disability makes it impossible for him to live alone. Though he managed well during my year away, now, a week gone is about all I think is fair to ask of him these days. That’s why my upcoming assault on the Southern Hemisphere is to be only four months long. Our snowbird neighbors will be nearby and they can help him and cover for me while I’m away.
Speaking of that trip, my dining room table is full of maps and guidebooks as I pore over them trying to figure out in advance the best way to tackle that continent. Some countries sing to me and others don’t. That’s how the proposed route shapes up in my head while I decide where to go. I’m in the plate-spinning stages right now, juggling the question of airline tickets, booster inoculations, new and more-appropriate (ie: fitted to my body, not snatched off the shelf) backpack; lightweight travel clothing snapped up from thrift shop racks; starter money supply, dentist appointments, medical check-ups, and whatever else my list will acquire.
Meanwhile, my high expectations on book and blog popularity are not exactly panning out…partly because I am deciding that they are not at the center of my universe and time will ripen us all to a much more attractive bloom. The book still hasn’t shown up on the Amazon.com lists, but I am assured that it is still wending its way through their system. Until that happens, the press releases that I send out look a little hollow. Some have borne fruit anyway as the TV interview here will show, and others have probably become lost in the pre-election hullaballoo. I will keep trying, but nowadays, I realize that I might be already busy on my next big trip by the time any big interviews or speaking engagements wish to land upon my calendar.
Things always work out for the best, and the other day, I thought up the best slogan for me these days: “This Hippy-come-lately isn’t really looking for fame, fortune, and a new career as an Author/Speaker.” I’m still into the easy-going, laidback life of a world traveler. As well as being the best Mother/Grandmother/Journal Writer/True Philosopher/Happy Human Being that I have time to be!