Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Always in my heart...

Well, I'm a little past due for this current post. I had full intentions of writing it up on his day, the anniversary of his passing, but unfortunately my computer had some gliches occur and then life got busy. I wanted to dedicate this post to my Papa, Irving. A man with a strong mind and warm heart. I will forever hold an image of his handsome face in my head; big smile, sky blue eyes, and clean-shaven face. He rarely lead a conversation, but when he did have something to say, you better be listening b/c it was the best advice/words of wisdom anyone could offer. I often find that my brother is very similar to him that sense. And, reflecting back, I can see a little piece of him in everyone...my aunts/uncles, parents, siblings, and cousins. I still, to this date, get chocked up when mentioning his name and still have a hard time seeing his flannel coats hanging on the coat rack in my grandparent's house. He really was a beautiful person. He made sure that all of his grandchildren knew just how much he loved us and continued to smile up until the very last day I said goodbye to him.

He was the only grandfather I had, but he made up for every Papa out there and I could never see myself loving any other grandfather as much as I loved him.

So, Papa, I love you and will always carry a piece of you in my heart...I miss you even more everyday and may you always rest in peace.

"A Papa is someone with silver in their hair and gold in their hearts."

Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Mexico...rich in spirit, love, and freedom

Well kids, it's official...my next work assignment is in Farmington, New Mexico. It's located in the Northwest part of the state and nestled within the San Juan River Valley. This adorable town is within sight of the San Juan mountains in Colorado and the deserts of Arizona and Utah. It's also located within the 4 Corners, so I am only a step away from some wonderful and exciting outdoor rec activities and beautiful sights! I will be working at an acute neuro rehab facility where most of my patients are of Native American descent--so cool! This town is surrounded by a few Indian Reservations; thus allowing me to be exposed to a fascinating new culture! After a short trip home to Maine, I will be starting early May and ending my time there the last week in July.

I am also thrilled to have the opportunity to be re-connected with some of my "East coast friends." I have a good friend living in Durango, one in Flagstaff, AZ, and Santa Fe...all within short driving distances. So, off I go again...time to pull out the boxes and pack Jackie the Jetta up again...pray for safe travels next month!