Rocky Mountain High

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Alrighty folks, where were we?

Oh yes! I’d left for Colorado. Can I just tell you, that drive was something else! We stopped overnight in Amarillo but still, wow! I’ve never gone out of Texas beyond Oklahoma so I felt special and adventurous and brave. I was homesick almost immediately. You take for granted familiarity of surroundings until you’re in an alien part of the country and you don’t have any idea where you are. Turns out, there are a lot of things Texas does, that other states don’t and vice versa. Now, I have to tell you on a side note, that during this time, my grandmother got sick with a chest cold of some sort and with her medical condition, she was going to have to go into the hospital for care for a while to get better and go back home. So the week after I arrived in Colorado Springs, my grandma went to the hospital, for routine care. My relationship with my Grandmother is complex, and hard to explain to people but like many in the generation of children now, my Grandmother raised me for the most part, so she is dear to me. She also taught me my trade and my heart fell when I learned she went in and I was 800 miles away.

I talked to her every few days, she sounded strong and cheerful and other family members frequented her room to visit and keep her company. During this time, I’m in Colorado, contemplating the decision I’ve made, surveying the area, the local and state government, the school system. All of those things to get a feel for my new surroundings. I enjoyed the mountains as a backdrop to the everyday scenery, there is a beauty and serenity in that vision that defies explanation. True enough, Colorado is a more liberal state with regard to medication, and it’s beautiful, but the taxation vs cost of living vs other things I was weighing, after about a month..I decided to make tracks back home. About this time, my grandmother had a crisis in the hospital.. making things that were already bad, worse.

I can tell you with complete faith, that for an entire week my blood pressure was at critical levels. I felt guilty, panicked, stranded, and like I’d let her down by leaving.

So much happened, you’ll be overwhelmed if I continue now.. More tomorrow! Share your comments!

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