Celebrate endings—for they precede new beginnings. ~Jonathan Lockwood Huie
This week, and the last few months, have been about endings and beginnings. I am nearing the end of the mixing and mastering of my Watershed CD , a three year effort. We hope to send it for duplication in a week, thanks to the engineering wizardry of my husband/sound engineer Bill. We spent the last half of the spring semester teaching from home because of COVID restrictions and realized how much we liked being home all of the time. I spent hours at the piano, sketching new ideas while looking into the green woods.
Angel was delighted to have us home 24/7; we snuggle a lot on the sofa.
The garden got some extra attention too – early summer was beautiful, in spite of the late hard frosts.
Heat and drought were hard on the garden in June and July; although some plants bloomed, the flowers were short lived. It rained last night, with loud thunderstorms and heavy downpours – this morning the trees and plants are green and glowing and the garden looks lush again.
We liked being at home so much these past several months that when the chance came to retire earlier than expected, we both took it. Bill and I are now officially retired from our teaching jobs of 30+ years. We have been celebrating with cake,
and with mornings on the deck complete with guitar music.
All the things I love the most are here – the sound of the wind in the trees, the dance of a hummingbird at the flowers, the ebb and flow of the seasons, my piano, a house full of books and of course my husband and Angel. I am leaving a large part of my life behind with no regrets – it was a good ending – and now I am ready to begin the third act. I am still a composer, a gardener, a writer, a photographer – but now I have time to reflect, to explore, and to be more present on this page.
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. ~ Steve Jobs
I hope that you are all well in these most difficult times and that you are able to stay safe, full of hope and surrounded by love.
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding