In the last year much has happened and changed in my life. It has been an emotional roller coaster and I have learned a lot about the kind of person I am. After being divorced I have been thrown back into the single pool.
I am dating a kind and patient man with a little boy. We recently left on a trip to California together with his family. Anyone who has driven with a six-year-old understands the challenges of bathroom breaks and boredom. We had a good time listening to imaginary games and talking about going to California and seeing the Pacific Ocean.
It is amazing how a child's concept of space and time is so different from that of an adult. We used a map to try to explain where we were going and how long it would take. Unfortunately it was still not enough to allay the eventual question: "How much longer?"
Our planned destination and the highlight of our trip was kept a secret from Orion. However I made efforts to be as subtly festive as possible.
As we drove across the mountains in Nevada we saw amazing rock formations, the beautiful layering of hills and mountains. We even took time to stop for fifteen minutes and enjoy the magnitude of the stars in sky and show Orion the Milky Way and his own constellation. We saw an incredible rainbow sunset.
In my many years of car trips I have learned to sleep and rest and enjoy the ride. Orion surprisingly however did not fall asleep until we specifically told him to rest his eyes after we crossed the Californian border.
With the government shutdown last week the checkpoint was eerily unmanned. I expected to have our bananas confiscated for sure. We finally got into Anaheim around 10:30 PM Pacific time. It was nice to settle in after a long 12 hour long drive.