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Fire and ice…. a decision that burns

March 25, 2018

,,,,when I first woke up and went out front to great the day and enjoy those first sips of coffee the air was a tad warm but the breeze made it comfortable and I was thinking maybe today I could get two laps in during my walk around the complex. However when I began my walk the sun beat down on my arm and face like a sun lamp and the ground radiated the suns heat feeling like an open oven door.

Yes my ‘current’ decision to remain in Texas is literally a choice between fire and ice, the below zero temperatures plus 80 inches of snow at my old home in Alaska and here in Texas with days like today when at 11 am it was already 75 and making me wonder just what summer will look like. Even my original home in Pennsylvania is being hit by heavy snow falls with the news today talking about another snow storm heading across the country.

So here I sit preparing to surrender my Alaskan citizenship because I am too old to handle the rigors of living in a state where the snow is on the ground for 8 months and temperatures are so cold one could die from prolonged exposure.

The walk just completed I sit staring at the picture my daughter sent me of how much snow she had to shovel just to get into the club she manages reinforcing my decision to not return to that snow and cold. Though realization of that loss of home has this old man wondering aimlessly through his day, one must accept the reality of old age, and hope one can break the grip of the melancholy that surrounds that decision.

After all

is

a home

just a place in which to live

or is it where

your soul finds peace and happiness

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Dwight permalink
    March 26, 2018 4:26 am

    Alaska is best for younger men. Glad to hear that you are walking most every day. What about a club or church for more social activity? Thanks again for your blog!

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  2. March 26, 2018 8:01 am

    Change is always hard, especially when it is basically forced upon one. Adjustment can come slowly but your resilience will help you find new interests.

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  3. Jon permalink
    March 26, 2018 4:15 pm

    Pete,
    Though a painful decision, no doubt a wise one. If you did go, how much enjoyment would you have dealing with the physical issues in that climate even though you are in a place you want to be, especially where you lived before. In town, maybe not so much, but if you wanted that you’d’ve been in Fairbanks or Anchorage or somewhere smaller.
    Besides, if you really want snow, come on up to Minneapolis-St. Paul! After all, & please take this as a joke, these are two sanctuary cities! LOL!
    As Dwight said, good to see you are somewhat out & about. Keep it up! All of us are pulling for you!

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  4. April 29, 2018 9:02 pm

    It’s a decision we all must face sometime. Knowing that time in Alaska is the sweetest times of our lives.

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