By Dr. David Gross
Part 22: Home
Charlize doesn’t know we’re home. For over a month, at 6:30 or so each morning, she pressed her cold nose on my cheek and uttered a soft whine to get me up. I let her out and then get on with whatever the day has in store. We wandered for over a month, asking questions without answers but gradually discovering that decisions can be made unilaterally after almost 53 years of collaborating with Rosalie. Of course, I discuss everything with Charlize but she has yet to voice a comprehensible opinion, except for exuberant enthusiasm for walks and playing ball.
I went through 39 days of accumulated mail, paid the overdue bills I couldn’t identify online, and restocked the refrigerator. Now what? During my travels I rekindled some old friendships; now I have to work at keeping them viable and active, and that will require both time and effort.
Frog needs some repair and renovation to improve her ability to travel rough roads. I was disappointed with how she responded to the rough spots we hit along the way. They are just minor things. She needs improved access to the storage space under the bed, clasps on cupboard doors and drawers to prevent them from coming open when I hit a bump in the road, a method of keeping the table from sliding and banging around loose and into the corner of the cupboard and the refrigerator. I should be able to get her in good shape for our next adventure planned for May, a trip to visit Don and Susie on their ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska.
I also have my writing projects, including a novel, PSILOCYBE DREAMS, that I just finished editing for — I hope — the last time. Now I have to start submitting it to agents and publishers.
I am starting a new project that I am very excited about: Samuel Ha-Nagid was born near the end of the 10th Century. He was a Rabbi who wrote poetry of love and God and wine and war in both Hebrew and Arabic. Some of his poetry survives today. He became the Caliph of Cordoba’s right hand, his Viser, his Chief-of-Staff, the General of his armies. He was never defeated on the field of battle. They were a team, a Muslim ruler and a Jew in a time of enlightenment, education, literacy and tolerance that lasted over 300 years. What happened? There’s a story to be told and a trip to Cordoba, Spain for research.
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