Photo: Here we are (most of us), about to enjoy our yummy New England lobster
Missing a Chaco Solstice ... me? ... gulp.
Try as I might, I still have not learned how to be in two places at once. If anyone has the trick, please share!
I listened to my heart, and it was absolutely the right decision.
Some special family events the same weekend in June meant traveling to the East Coast instead of Chaco Canyon.
Was missing Chaco worth it? Yes! Here's why:
- Time with family. Family health issues and parents in their 80s make me want to spend whatever precious time I can with them, especially since I am 3000 miles away. Plus I love them and they're pretty cool.
- Connection with Norwegian family. Yay! One of my cousins and her family have been planning to come for quite a while now. I don't get to see the Norway family much, especially with me being on the West coast. And Boston is a lot closer than Norway.
- Fun. Wow, what a fun group. Six cool people visited, four of them young adults in their 20s. And they laugh all the time. How great is that?
- Fresh perspective. I got to see America (at least New York City and Boston) through the eyes of foreigners. And they love us and how we treat strangers (with welcoming arms). One cousin was on crutches and nursing a broken leg - everyone helped her!
- More family history. I've been recording history from both parents. And the keen interest my cousins had in my Dad's WWII resistance experience in occupied Norway encouraged him to tell more great stories. Doesn't get much better then to hear your nation's important history from someone who lived it, especially family. Plus it made him happy.
Listening to my heart always steers me to where I need to be. I wouldn't have missed this for the world!
To my Chaco friends: I missed you, but promise I'll be back soon! You know I can't stay away very long....