Friday, December 14, 2012

The End of My World as I Know It (And the Start of a New One)

I have been thinking of ending this blog for some time, rather than just letting it fade away. Some things have happened recently that make me feel my age is no longer nebulous, but that I am indeed over that proverbial hill. I will continue to blog, but I will start a new one which reflects my new reality. I'm not quite sure what that is yet, but I'm working on it.

The most important thing that has happened is that my mom died. The funeral was yesterday, and I was going to write about it, but as I started to think about things to write in relation to this past week, I discovered my emotions are still a little too raw to do it right now. The horrible events today in Connecticut are doing something odd and as yet indescribable to my personal grief. The one thing I can say is the fact that the man shot his mother on the week I said farewell to mine is particularly galling. I can't even begin to talk about the children.

I also found out when I came back from the funeral and checked my Facebook page, a colleague (two years younger than I) had died suddenly the day before. This was not someone I knew personally, but I knew who he was. He taught a workshop I had attended recently. One of the young ladies I accompanied to Germany this past spring was his student, and her Facebook post was how I found out. She liked him a lot, as I think most of his students did.

The final thing happening is this, and I am glad I have something to say that's positive. My husband and I recently bought a place in Florida. We will be "snow birds" who head south when the weather gets too cold. We bought the whole place online (offer, etc) and closed with a notary here, but we spent Thanksgiving week there. We met a few neighbors and we love the place. We will keep our home here for some time yet, but we will probably eventually make our permanent home there.

Once I start my new blog, I will post here one last time with the information. Thanks to those of you who took time to read this blog.