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SPRING 2014 | ISSUE 90
J. Ross Quigley
Stormy weather!
Sitting on my balcony in Englewood,
overlooking the ocean and watching its immense power in an
April storm, it is hard to believe how lucky I am to be sitting
here. How lucky we all are to be living the lives that we have
been given. It has been a wild winter, both in Canada and in the
United States, with temperatures fluctuating wildly both up and
down…but the winter is now almost over.
I, of course, have to go home. Some snowbirds are gone already,
some are rushing home at the end of April to file taxes, and a
few are staying through to Mother’s Day to keep the company of
their many U.S. friends.
It never ceases to amaze me how much we have to do before
we leave. We have been busy every day that we have been here
(I did actually read two books – about 10 hours total) and you
would expect that everything is done. But it’s not. Fix the screens,
stop the leaky pipe, clean up the storm damage (not much),
plant those last few flowers, clean out the garage so that I can
park the car where it is supposed to go, and drag in my little
12-foot sailboat to shelter. Inside, there is food to be given away
to neighbours and decisions to make about what goes home
and what stays and…the packing. We fly, so we must recognize
the power of the “weight watchers” at the airport and we have
our two dogs that, with cages, are minorly over the weight limit.
We look forward, with trepidation, to the nonsense that we may
encounter. In 20 years, we have only had one problem, but it is
difficult to forget that one time, so we probably worry too much.
In reality, we are moving – one of the most stressful events on
most stress scales – and I believe that all the practice we have
had makes us impervious to such silliness. How silly of me to
think that. This is just another kind of stormy weather and should
be enjoyed. We are going home! Safe and sound! For another
wonderful Canadian summer. Enjoy it immensely!
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