Six days and counting until retirement!! As the days pass, they become more and more filled with good-byes, love, and tears. It remains a happy time, with promise and new frontiers to be explored. My job has brought a lot of fulfillment, friendship, and fun for 10.5 years, and I'm thinking the future will bring me much more of the same, as I climb up and over the little bit of fear that comes along with moving to a new place. If allowed, my mind goes to what will be, and I am trying to stay in each day and allow surprise at all the little miracles that come from being present in what is. There is shakiness at times, and sleep can be evasive, reading and trying to solve questions that arise from doubt seem to get me back on track.
Meanwhile, there are parties to attend, gathering with friends, and individual celebrations beginning to fill my calendar. So nice that this all comes amidst the beauty that is Cape Cod in July. On Saturday, I will go to my new town and make arrangements for my new Post Office box, and to deliver some good-buys to my new home. I found a great new ceiling fan and a beautiful bookcase (pale seafoam blue/green) for my new bedroom, and I will also be dropping off my new bed pillows. Finding some I like is a cause celebre in itself!
Speaking of my new bookcase, it is not large for a very good reason. I adore books and paring down my collections has been a major part of my move. Among my favorites, and the keepers that will adorn my new bookcase, are many books on the natural world and history of Cape Cod, with many first editions written by friends. Also on the new shelves will be a small part of my vast collection of cat books...of course, I have a collection of cat books....my favorite creatures. Last but not least my Mary Oliver poetry books....food for my soul.
From my changing world, I wish you much peace, beautiful summer days and love.