Here’s a simple listing of where I’ve visited folks:
in CA: Fairfax, San Rafael, Novato, Lafayette, Berkeley.
Kansas City, Kansas
Brooklyn, NY; Roscoe, NY; Putnam Lakes, NY;
Hartford, CT; Plymouth, MA
Leaving today for WA, DC, and next week to Torrington, CT.
My point? Saying good-bye has plusses and minuses. Plusses:
If you want to feel loved and appreciated and to feel your heart joining with that of others, do this good-bye thing.
If you want to be reminded of what you’ll be missing, do this good-bye thing.
If you want to share in a multitude of US lifestyles, and be reminded that you can NOT generalize from one, two, or three households about how people live in a particular country, do this good-bye thing.
The minuses: It’s tiring!!! I really need some down time.
It’s fattening! Being fed and feted, and eating favorite foods “one last time” – chocolate lava cake, anyone? Or pizza? How about some PB&J?
The California locations relate to my one week stay in Marin, where I formerly lived for 19 years. I visited with Golda (who will be in Turkey with me for 3 weeks), Linda & Brad in Lafayette, Esta in Berkeley, and Sharon & I met at the amazing Marin Civic Center in San Rafael (see picture above). Hiked with Sandy in Novato (see photo above).
I went bike riding, re-visiting beloved old Marin vicinity routes (see Tiburon photo above). Also went bike riding with Esta – the 3 Bears, for those in the know. Saw goats in Tilden Park who serve the lawn mower-weed whacker function – how’s that for green?
I’m now on East Coast, Brooklyn Heights to be precise. More about this is my next post.