Did you ever wish you had two lives to live? Sometimes I sure do. I have been fortunate to experience two completely different lifestyles and wish that I could live them both.
At least with technology and things being what they are today, it isn’t all or nothing one way or the other. I can experience both worlds pretty much on a daily basis so it is at least workable.
This week has been just wonderful. Seeing my son and his wife and my daughter has been so good for me. It gives me such pleasure and fills me with pride to see how successful and independent they have become. Yesterday was one of the quietest days spent here, but it was also one of the best. We spent the day cooking together and working on the train set and just talking and visiting. It was low key and quiet and I wished the day could last forever. As today arrived and I know my time to leave has come, I am filled with emotion.
I can only hope that if I work a bit harder I will be successful enough to afford to visit more frequently. This last run was four years and it was much too long for me. But I was going through many difficult times and changes in my life and it was impossible to come ‘home’ to the comfort of my children. I just couldn’t swing it. Life is ironic that way sometimes.
But things are getting better and I am optimistic that I will be able to see the kids a bit more often. In the mean time, we will be able to share our lives with each other over the computer and phone. At least we have that.
So its back on the road again we go. I don’t know where we will end up tonight – probably somewhere in Pennsylvania. We are holding back leaving until a little later this morning because of the rush hour traffic on the Illinois/Indiana border. No sense in leaving when it is a tangled mess. It is about 16 hours back to the Saratoga Springs area in New York where I will be teaching Wednesday through Saturday. I have a scroll sawing class on both Wednesday and Saturday and painting classes on Thursday and Friday. Then we will finally be able to head home.
Now that this leg of the trip is behind us, I am really beginning to feel homesick. I will enjoy these classes I will teach in the next couple of days very much, as it will be at a much more relaxed pace than the show and there will be lots of personal interaction with others. But I am thinking of the kitties and my own bed and missing our quiet walks in the night.
I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to see so many people. As I promised, I will give detailed stories when I return and be able to show the many pictures that I have acquired. I am sure I will have much to talk about when I am back.
Have a wonderful Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"