Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
You haven't seen anything until you have seen a full moon from the balcony of our house. Last night's display was fantastic. I took theses photos just for you. They aren't the best but will give you an idea of what you are missing. I know that everyone deserves lights but the string of yellow light you can see at the bottom of each photo are the 'street lights' that were strung about 4 months ago along the dirt road that leads back into the forest. For those that walk home at night along this trail of ruts and holes are probably thankful - but for me it is just another example of progress with unintended consequences - we no longer can sit and star gaze because of the glow from the new ground light. It didn't stop my enjoyment of the full moon though, hope you like it also.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I have been spending a week in Friburgo and four days now I have been totally alone. It can be a period of vast 'aloneness' and at moments, that feeling is almost debilitating. (Don't tell Camillo, but yesterday I spent the day in my PJs and only ate popcorn and watermelon)
Today as you can tell I am much better. The hardest part of living in a foreign country is that your family is not here. Their days are abstract for you, not real, not involved. My mother is 86 years old and beginning to fail. I should be there, talking, laughing, enjoying her. My grandson will graduate from high school this coming June. I may not be there. He competes in motocross and I have seen only one competition (I have to be honest I won't go to another - I can't stand it) My Granddaughter, in this photo with my mother when she was five, is now going to be 12. I don't have a photo of her from the past year. What is their life, Their thoughts, Who are they now? No matter how beautiful the view, no matter how many churrascos you enjoy with friends, this is what you miss when you are alone in a foreign land.