Today is the wedding anniversary of my parents. With my father being deceased for 33 years, it’s tough to know that my mother has to be reminded of the date. Her memory continues to fluctuate between decades. I don’t see her quite as often as I did while on sabbatical. That now seems to have been treasured time to spend with her as she struggles to adjust to living in skilled nursing care. Her preference as she states it, “…is to be well enough to do for myself.” But the strength and the energy is no longer there. It’s a hard reality knowing that I am officially an elder in my family.
I hadn’t realized how getting back into the full schedule at the seminary would totally readjust the time expended on activities I’ve grown to like. Writing this blog is one of them. My newest time consumer has been ‘facebook’. As an introduction for some students in the Media and Technology intensive course in January, I’ve ‘acquired’ 109 ‘friends’ in the one month I have been in facebook, while I have not actively tried to acquire any.
In the past month I’ve celebrated the inauguration with friends who had all served in the US Virgin Islands. We noted that while we served there, in American territory, we were denied the opportunity to vote for any presidential candidate. We had good reason to celebrate this year. I’ve also received notes of joy from the LTI campus as those who studied there from a multitude of countries celebrate with the
I share with anyone who reads this an ongoing concern that continues. The students from