This has been the hardest of all of my updates to write. So much going on internally and so little externally.
Got an email yesterday evening from Mom that my sister-in-law, Luz, was in hospital for emergency surgery. Thank goodness I was in an albergue with wifi, and no one else here to bother, so was able to check all night and this am for messages from mom. I was very glad to learn my nephew is flying to Denver Saturday.
Luz has been very much on my mind on and off during the day. But if you are reading this, are a relative no matter how distant, or have ever worked or or walked or lived or gardened with me or loved me in the last 57 years I probably thought of you today. Thank you for all you have shared with me over the years and enriching my life. I am surprised at how emotional I feel.
After a restless night, I woke up lateish this morning. I threw open the shutters to look down into the street and watched and greeted earlier rising pilgrims on their way out of town. Their names would echo in the narrow street and they would look around trying to figure out who was calling and only after a while would they look up. It felt like we were neighbors and I was greeting them from my house. After another quick hot shower and a “home” cooked breakfast in the well stocked kitchen, I closed the door and left the key in the mailbox as instructed.
It was the perfect day for walking alone and thinking. The entire day there was a very gentle rain falling, the kind that barely gets you wet and partially obscures everything more than 10 ft away. Pacific North West rain.
23 Oct 2009