First of all…an overdue thank you to everyone who reached out through email or social media wishing me well with…you know…not being a full time tv anchor anymore. See? I can’t even write the word retirement! Not sure why that is….maybe it makes me feel old, or or that I’ve retired from what, life? I’m still working, just not on a TV set. And I will be the first to admit, that takes some getting used to. Whenever you leave behind what was an integral part of your life, there is a sense of loss. I do feel that. You were THAT, but you’re not anymore. So I’m slowly getting over the feeling that I have to carve out a new identity for myself…because really, I don’t.
Lots of people have asked how is it? What are you doing? The short answer is…not working a full time stressful job is good, really. I miss the people but not the job.
I’ve been gone more than I’ve been at home… First to Cashiers in the NC mountains-that’s me on the screened porch of the Mountain House(the ONLY picture I was able to upload for unknown reasons)..Lots of family flooded in over Memorial Day, leaving a few days later in an equal whirlwind. They left behind windows with lots of knee level stick fingerprints, a ton of laundry and a refrigerator full of leftovers (I happen to love leftovers)! But I wouldn’t trade that time for anything.
Then it was on to Alabama for a cousins reunion at Smith Land. Girl cousins, wives of boy cousins, and my sisters all swimming, eating, laughing, declaring a no-bra zone, and hearing some old family stories…many of which I’ve heard a hundred times, and some I had never known. Most were funny, but some quite poignant and even heartbreaking. Families are nothing if not complicated, and I’m sure you all know exactly what I mean.
Add in a trip to Tilghman Island on Maryland’s gorgeous Eastern Shore, with two friends who I’ve known since I first moved to Baltimore…and that was a while ago…..and I leave again tonight. And to really gum up the works, I’m doing this blog on a fancy new laptop (as my daughter wisely pointed out-lessons) which I cannot seem to command at will, thus the lack of pictures. But I shall prevail, but wanted to send this out now to say…I’M ALIVE AND WELL! Hope all of you are are as well…be in touch soon! Don’t be a stranger!