Saturday, June 5, 2010
And then there are the Sunsets...aaah the sunsets!!!
Not to brag (don't you hate it when people start off saying that? usually means they're about to brag), but I've traveled some - actually I've traveled a lot! Less than some...more than most.
I've seen breathtaking sunsets in Spain, the French Riviera, California, Hawaii etc. etc....even jaw dropping sunsets in Chicago! What I remember most about these sunsets is what I was doing, and who I was with at the time I saw them...
When we brought our property from Sharlene in 2004, the first thing she said to me was "uh, I hope you like your own company", Steve & I looked at each other, eyes shining, feeling on top of the world, in unison, we said "why?". Sharlene said "because, you're going to be spending a LOT of time with yourself up here....we looked at each other, rolled our eyes...and I promptly responded "sure Sharlene, no problem, I'm a loner anyway", she looked up at a red tailed hawk circling overhead and said "Ooookaaay, just thought I'd let you know"....6 months later, having sold our place in CA, and left my (many) friends, I stood by the horse corral, looking up at the same red tailed hawk (I'm sure it was the same one) saying to myself, what was I thinking? Leaving my (large) home (with our well, city electricity, neighbors within shouting distance), friends, activities....to come to this place? Sharlene was right, I like my own company, BUT NOT THIS MUCH!!!
Now, nearly 6 years later, I've gotten perspective...I've seen not only a lot more red-tailed hawks, but also where their nests are, and barn owls, and ravens as big as turkeys...but one of the things that stands out -- are the sunsets...and now its about the sunsets, not what I'm doing or who I'm with...every evening, the sky turns into a kaleidoscope of color, followed by stars that make one think they're in a planetarium...I have learned to love my own company...also road trips (when my own company is not quite enough), stargazing, Monsoon season, coyotes howling, rainbows and much much more.
"The surest way to reveal one's character is not through adversity, but by giving them power."