Spring came roaring in this year, somehow I just missed the arrival. Suddenly the world is green! It seems like only last week it was hailing and cold.
My Dearly Beloved and I traveled twelve hundred miles round trip to visit our our sons. First up to Humboldt County. Through cities, through vineyards and then the huge swaths of Redwoods. Everything was alive and green. All the coastal hills that will turn golden in a few months were like velvet. After Eureka we traveled north along the breathtaking coast of northern California and Southern Oregon.
The Oregon coast is always wild and untamed. This trip we stayed in Yachats, OR. It was a still and warm day, a miracle in itself. Offshore there were whales spouting on their journey south and it could not have been more beautiful. We collected agates and driftwood from the beaches. Then headed inland to Eugene and had a lovely visit with our UO student. We had a great time doing what he likes best, eating out. We took a walk along the river and enjoyed the weather.
My favorite part was our hike to the top of Spencer Butte. It was a warm clear day with a 360 degree view of Eugene and beyond. While we were sitting at the top I was reminded of the song 'Landslide'. My favorite version is by the Dixie Chicks.
Three years ago I was sitting in the University of Oregon Basketball Gym at the Parent Orientation session. There was music playing and the Landslide song came on. I burst into tears, it expressed so much of what I was going through.
"Well, I've been afraid of changin'
'Cause I built my life around you
But time makes you older, Children get older
I'm getting older too"
The whole song was so true.
Up on Spencer Butte, that song rang in my ears, again, every verse so true. But this time I wasn't crying. There was joy and fresh air and the ones I love with me. We've come a long way....
"Oh, mirror in the sky
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides"
Can I handle the seasons of my life"