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This is the day we planned our east coast trip around.

At 10:30 AM we'll cast off from Rye Harbor, NH for the Isle of Shoals - otherwise known as Appledore Island. This Island in the Gulf of Maine is the home of Shoals Marine Laboratory and is also the place where we scattered my father's ashes in 1997. Today we're bringing my mother's ashes there for scattering. Sweet Irma died in October but I've waited until now for the weather to warm up here.

We've been on a road trip that included Vermont and Western Massachusetts. I've scattered some of her ashes in places along the way that meant a lot to her. We climbed to Dear Leap in the Green Mountains and walked the grounds of Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst, Massachusetts; both places she visited and loved. The visit to Emily's house was the most emotional for me thus far. It just felt right. Mom was a bird lover. I followed a jay as it hopped into the woods and scattered some remains where it took off. I know I sensed my mom relaxing when I did that.

I'm curious as to what my emotions will be like today. L and I will be with our friends David and Flora with whom we've been traveling. We'll also be joined by my brother Joe and his girlfriend of quite a few years, Paula. So far, I've felt like I've had the emotional ground to myself but I'm happy that Joe will get his chance to say goodbye too.

Several emotional layers were added a few days ago when my friend Jerry died after a long bout with cancer. Jerry was a close friend of both David and I. Jerry and I had had a falling out but had patched it up as recently as this year. Dave had remained in contact with him throughout and had been to Jerry's recent book release party. He had tried over the years to get Jerry and me to clear the air and we did partly due to his efforts.

It's ironic that David and I were together when I got the call from Jerry's sister. Dave and I live on opposite sides of the country and it was only for the trip to scatter my mom's ashes that we were in the same place at the same time.

When we climbed Deer Leap in Vermont we built a small stone cairn for Jerry right next to Leda's cairn for AJRose93.

It's been some week I tell you.

Thanks for reading the scattered thoughts.


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Jun. 28th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
My thoughts are with you guys today. It is a beautiful day and will continue to be beautiful.
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