We all think we know where we are going and we are usually well lets just say we don’t leave room for the unexpected. So when I had this tri -trip planned people wanted to know what I thought would happen when I net Keith’s children and grandchildren. I jokingly said they will love me and I will love them. Truthfully I had no idea I only knew one thing I had to show up as me and give them whatever I could. This was not a popularity contest. I wasn’t going there looking for love. My relationship was not contingent on my adoration by his children, truly it was not contingent on anything but grace.
So I went with no expectations. I did know two of them were already my friends on facebook. That counts as something right? I got that they were checking out their dad’s new love. He had already been married twice and had two other long term relationships one of whom they are still all connected to. I did not grow up in the south but I had gone to boarding school in Fort Smith Arkansas which I have since learned even though it is below the Mason Dixon line is not considered “The south ” by true southerners. So I had no credentials in that court. My only credentials were the fact that I unabashedly adored their dad.
So how did it go? Very interesting. I got to meet lots of new beings in my life and see the gifts of each. Some it was immediate love. Some it was slow appreciation, others it was seeing their gifts and being present with them. It was a totally different environment than LA or the yogic world. It could have just as easily been Mars but I like Mars. I like different worlds. I love seeing how people live in different ways.
We sometimes forget that our country is so vast that we have immense variation on the themes of life. This reminded me, it expanded my conscious. It gave me different ways of looking at how to approach situations. Born agains don’t want to chant any chants except their songs. Though I had a blast chanting theirs at church. My lord, your lord, our lord, one lord. Lordy we are all part of the whole and I just looked for common denominators. Where could we connect not where were we different.
The beach was good we all liked the ocean in varying degrees. I had quite the deal with the coast guards, the beach patrol and the city police. They wanted to arrest me for swimming out past chest deep but there were no signs posted saying that was a law. That didn’t seem to matter to them at all somehow I was supposed to has osmosed that by walking onto the beach. I convinced the cop that I swam pier to pier in LA and was leaving the next dayI. t is an entire story of good ole boys and they weren’t impressed by my hair either. I shall tell the story in class this week as we deal with the negative mind. You will enjoy it if you come.
We spent allot of time going between all the kids and grandkids. Sleep was not a big part of any aspect of this trip. I think I though I was 20 when I planned it and felt like 100 when I returned home greatful for every last drop of it. A 40th Birthday party on a shooting range. Been 25 years since I last shot not to mention that I had been up about 35 hours by that time. Not the best shooting combo. Southern party food is not what party food is in LA but they did make a salad and grilled mushrooms for us. Very kind and appreciated.
Next I will share the saga of finding a hotel. You will love it.
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