Since we made the final move from California to North Dakota, I’ve realized there are a few things I miss.
Number one is my family and friends. While living back in California, I once again had the joy of being with folks I grew up with. I even celebrated milestone birthdays with people I knew in my teen years.
Then there’s the fruit. In California, just a few miles from our home, there was a stand that sold fresh berries each spring. I miss those berries. In that same area was a French bakery. I got to know the baker. Roger was a delightful Frenchman. Sadly Roger became very ill and left the business. But before he left, he taught his son the secrets of it all.
Now, in North Dakota, we are building a new life together. We are reclaiming the friendships and family bonds here.
So, I can do without delicious fresh strawberries and unbelievably good crociants. In their place I have some pretty tasty grapes (at a far better price), and the Scandinavian treats like lefse, kuchen and such.
It didn’t take long to slip back into the land of butter and cream.
Spending time here with old friends and being close to kids and grandkids are a bonus. It doesn’t make me miss my ties in California any less, but it does make the move worthwhile.
Friday, I had a wonderful time with my grandchildren. They went swimming, played video games, watched a movie, and consumed as many treats as possible.
Last week, I attended the final farewell of an old friend. Barbara Carlson was a good woman. She was dedicated to her family, her faith, and sharing with others. She was the first to host me in her home when I first came to Beach in the 1970’s. I was pretty shy back then. Coming from California, this North Dakota life style was foreign to me and I couldn’t have felt more out of place. Barbara made me feel welcome. I’ve always appreciated her kindness.
We are still social distancing here in North Dakota, but it seems to be getting better. I’m feeling less threatened.
We were tested for Covid-19 and got the all clear. It’s not pleasant, but not awful, so if you feel the need to be tested, just do it.
We for the first time will travel a bit next week.
We’re heading to the Black Hills for a few days. It’s always a favorite place to be. We don’t have to do anything special. It’s just one of those spots in the world that just feels right.
Life is good today.