Saying goodbye…


Every journal begins with that first blank page – the one that cries out to be filled with something important – but nothing important has happened yet.

Earlier this year, I drove from Erie, PA (my hometown) to Naples, FL (my sunny temporary home) and while doing so, I listened to my iPod and connected with one song in particular Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield. I sang this song over and over and over again and by the time I’d crossed the Georgia border, this song and I had bonded forever.

So when I feel lonely, disconnected or lost – when I wake up is a strange bed wondering – for a moment – where I am – I will play this song – sing it out loud and remember how lucky I am to be taking this journey. Then I will be at peace. And heck…it’s a great song!

Saying goodbye to my family was as hard as I knew it would be. I was so lucky to have spent the past month with my parents. They’re a lot of fun. My Mom calls the Florida Condo “Camp Audubon”.

They have a group of friends who like to do the same things they do – golf, tennis, dinner and drinks. It’s so much fun – it’s exhausting! They have all welcomed me with open arms to Camp Audubon and I’d like to take this opportunity to let them know how much I appreciate their kindness and friendship. Phil, Vendy, Marie and Matt – it’s been a hoot and I can’t wait to see all of you in person next year!

During my last days in Naples, my sister (Colby) arrived with my niece (Lexi) , nephew (Chad) and husband (John) for their annual migration to the sun for 10 days. Being able to spend these last few days with them has been a gift.

Family photo



Tracy, Chad and Lexi

Now the best thing about this trip will be sharing it with friends and family so to this end, I’ve purchased every electronic gadget that I think will allow me to share video and pictures – to call phone to phone – or computer to computer. I joke that I have with me more cords and cables then I do underwear! No lie! But it’s all worth it if I can share the adventure.

So, here I sit in the Miami Airport. I’ve spent the last 20 minutes re-packing my backpack so that everything I “might” need is on the top – like this is realistic. I know I’ll need whatever is at the bottom. But I’ve tried and I don’t have anything else to do right now. It’s 6:35pm and my flight leaves at 7:50pm.   My brother-in-law has provided me with the necessary items for a good nights sleep (thank you John!) and my niece, Lexi, has written me a note that I’ll read several times again before I drop off for the night. I love my family. Next stop…Zurich!

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