Tuesday, September 23, 2008
There's no place like home
Finally coming home was wonderful. It took a few days to adjust, but I am so glad to be here with Barbie, Rebecca and Caitlin. It has been busy trying to clean up the loose ends that have built up over two months, but I enjoy it thoroughly. I just have to careful that I don't over-exert myself. I really missed my backyard. Those of you who have been to New England will remember that it is one giant forest. Trees everywhere, whose canopy rises 40 to 60 feet above the ground. Coming back to California, I wanted to be somewhere where I could look out of my window and see trees. Barbie found the perfect spot. The trees here, however, are quite different. The live oaks are shorter, rising 20 - 30 feet, and generally stand alone or in sparse clumps. They don't like to be crowded. They are beautiful in there own way. Since the branches don't blend with the other trees, you can appreciate them in their fullness. The ground-cover is the opposite of New England, In Connecticut, the ground cover remained green from May to October, while here, in California, the green begins in late fall and lasts till May. I love the contrast.
I have always been enamored with trees, This may stem from the fact that a tree saved my life when I was seven. I almost drowned in a river, only to pull myself out by grabbing onto a submerged root of a tree, an oak tree. That was the first time that my life was saved, but that is another story (someday, I may share it). Since then, for me, trees symbolize life. I have spent a lot of time in the last few days just sitting and admiring the trees. They are beautiful. When I was in the hospital in Santa Clara waiting for my new heart, I was not allowed to leave the cardiac ward at all. twice a day I would stand by the window looking out at the corner of Homestead Ave. and Lawrence Expy. The only glimpse of greenery was the neighbors' yards and Kaiser's landscaping. I really missed being outside.
Barbie and I try daily to keep our commitment to each other. Real life is rapidly encroaching, as is expected, but we make sure we don't lose our moments together. Physically, I feel wonderful. In our daily walks, my pace and endurance are improving. I am ready for the next phase of my treatment.
It is impossible to adequately thank all of the many friends and friends of friends that have remembered us in their thoughts and prayers. Your combined faith has wrought miracles in our lives. Barbie and I wanted to open our home on October 5th, 2008 and invite all of those who would like to visit. We realize that many are far away, but if you live in the vicinity, we'd love to see you.
We live in Lincoln, CA, just off Twelve Bridges near Sierra College Blvd. at 1720 Bella Cir.
Our phone number is 916-543-3299
Every once in a while it is valuable to stop and reflect upon how every person you meet, every sincere human contact, changes you. I have known thousands of people in my life. Each one has their own voice and their own story. Each one has something to teach me, as long as I am open to learn.