Only a few days until I leave Minnesota for South Carolina.
I feel suspended in mid air
teetering on a brink
waiting to go over the edge . . .
and already missing my life here.
Oh, I'm happy to claim love and companionship I didn't expect, I'm excited about new adventures, and I have plenty to do right now --packing, sorting, planning the travel and all that. But that doesn't take away . . . all the goodbyes.
Many things have fallen easily into place: a boy thrilled to have the summer job of mowing my lawn, someone to check the house, wifi put on a "vacation rate," mail forwarded, cat carrier borrowed and tranquilizers arranged (for the cat, not the people) ( although that did cross my mind as an alternative), and so on.
|So hard to leave this|
|This little guy had his first trip to the ER after a playground accident at school.|
I'm retired, my partner is not. He is a writer who loves his work and spends his days at the computer, on the phone, out doing interviews or research. So I've been exploring things I might want to do to stay busy and I came across something someone else might be interested in: free on-line college classes with courses in many areas of study by well-known colleges of the world. Free!
I signed up for two for the summer: England in the Time of Richard III offered by the University of Leicester and the BBC, and WWI, Trauma and Memory offered by Open University.
The classes are of short duration and require 2-4 hours of work a week. No books to purchase either -- reading is done on line and lectures are on video. Student discussion groups are formed either on social media or by sharing comments and conversation on written documents as they are being read.
Anyway, here is the link if you are interested. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses
If you sign up for either of the two classes I mentioned, let me know so you can be in my discussion group. I'm planning to sign up for a class in Creative Arts next, when there is one offered that strikes my fancy.
It's so hard to leave my family, even harder than I thought it would be.
Life will go on.
It will be good.
(I don't know what's going on with Blogsy. I've spent all afternoon doing and redoing this post, and this is as good as it gets! )