“Give me for my friends and neighbors wild men, not tame ones.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
In addition to uprooting myself from the upper Skagit and moving to Alaska, diving in to a new job, and beginning the process of learning about the nuances of life in a new place – the history, flora and fauna, phenology, and so on – I have also spent the summer seeking out a home from which to truly embrace and experience this process.
Yesterday, I had my first visitor come to my new home. A woman from work came over with mug of tea in hand, and we sat and talked over pancakes, tea, and coffee for a few hours. It was so peaceful and felt so real, the kind of interaction I have been seeking for so long – the ability to have a friend stop by for tea and conversation on a Sunday. So simple yet so wonderfully fulfilling and comforting. I hope for others to find the space in their lives and the community to allow for these moments. I savor every one and look forward to many more in the coming months and hopefully years.