|Hibiscus, like the Dear Old Folks, still blooming despite|
the onset of autumn.
This past weekend I went to the Old Folks’ Home. I guess I am not supposed to call it that, but dammit, that’s what it is. There are many pleasant things about this Old Folks’ Home, but parts of the visit are always difficult, and those are the parts I can’t tell you about.
Here are some tips that I find helpful on any trip, but especially this one.
- Pack a survival kit
|The essentials for this trip: alcohol and chocolate in|
several different formats. Benadryl in case I have
to spend too much time in places I'm allergic to.
- Exercise your ability to set boundaries.
|One of the great challenges of life is to remain compassionate|
while also setting appropriate limits.
- Pray that you will be able to see the larger picture.
|Seeing the larger scene requires stepping back.|
- If possible, bring pleasant, low-maintenance traveling companions.
|Einstein brought a female traveling companion!|
|Lady Liberty fights her way through the underbrush.|
|Einstein among the fallen.|
- Don’t eat any poison berries.
|Don't swallow what isn't good for you.|
- Enjoy life’s colors wherever you see them.
- Look up sometimes.
|In Maryland the trees were *just* starting to turn.|
- Appreciate the trip home.
|Oh, Pennsylvania, with your claim to the largest full-time|
legislature and yet no state budget for 100+ days, with
your antiquated liquor laws, despite all your flaws,
my heart swells with love for you!
You are beautiful in your autumn glory.
|This is what the road home looks like. The PA Turnpike.|