A Civil Wind

“SOFT WIND” 5′ x 40″ m/m

After moving 6 times in the last 6 months I can now report I am firmly planted in my forever home.

I put myself on the waiting list here, in this fabulous affordable housing, green-built, downtown Santa Fe complex two years ago


Surrounded by boxes still

But slipping nicely into the idea of staying put.

Sometimes, even I can not believe what I can do when push comes to shove.

As I was moving in here 8 people came over to say a hearty welcome, bearing gifts and good will.

This literally silenced me as where I was coming from had only 2 folks even squeeking out an acknowledgement of my existence in the little time I was there.

Had I stayed there I could (and would) have bided my time and inched my way into the cultural chasm we shared as neighbors.

But the challenges I now face leave me scant energy for just the basics and good neighborliness would have felt like a luxury.

This is sobering as it all used to be so do-able.

But these days I value civility, proximity, simplicity, access, support, ease, beauty, family, friends and old-time friendliness.

There is so little separation between us all anyway.

But often we don’t really get that until we really need one another.

I mean REALLY need each other.

I think, as a whole, we’re not quite there yet.

Excuse me while I lie down and enjoy the cross breeze while looking at the aspen tree shiver in my sweet enclosed yard.


3 Responses to “A Civil Wind”

  1. gerry harty on August 18th, 2013

    that is great news cathy…enjoy every second of it!!! xoxo gerry

  2. MaryBeth on August 18th, 2013

    Your new home sounds beautiful.


  3. laura Hegfield on August 25th, 2013

    sounds so lovely… and yes we all need the comfort and support of good neighbors, friends, community… it is easy to forget when our bodies are healthy that we are interdependent beings. May you experience many moments of joy and peace in your new home Cathy.

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