Thursday, January 05, 2006

Tonight


The road to my town...
Originally uploaded by !!! Monika !!!.

Tonight Ted and I will be traveling back to coal country again to see his father.

It is an eight hour drive, fraught with anxiety that has nothing to do with the barreling 18 wheelers who own the road at night or the way shadows make the familiar seem unknown.

Think of us and all who are traveling in the dark.

Think of the man we are going to see. He has returned home, and sits in his familiar chair. Drinks his coffee from a familiar cup. But like the road at night, there is much that is unfamiliar in the landscape.

Think. Pray. Bless. And thank you for being there.

18 comments:

MB said...

Oh, Patry. I hold you all in my heart. Safe travels, dear friend.

kathryn said...

I wish you traveling mercies... and you will be in my meditations.

liz elayne said...

patry. i will light a candle for you and pray for you and your loved ones to feel peace amidst it all.

rdl said...

godspeed and safe travel and I hope you find Ted's father feeling better now that he's back home.

Peter said...

As we pray here, "...safety and health today, tonight, and tomrrow."

Richard Lawrence Cohen said...

The title of your blog holds all the truer now.

Thinking of you and your family. God bless.

floots said...

i wish you well
i also wish to compliment you on imbuing a harrowing situation with so much "shareable" emotion

Popeye said...

Traveling mercies to you. . .

katrina said...

I'll be thinking of you, Patry.

Mary said...

Patry. Light and peace to you and your family, hour by hour, during this time.

Rexroth's Daughter said...

Wishing you well on this journey. I hope you are able bring Ted's father some comfort.

Lhombre said...

"...anxiety that has nothing to do with the barreling 18 wheelers..." Patry I couldn't help but be reminded of my 13 years behind the wheel of one of those eighteen wheelers. This post entitled "Tonight" carries a resonance that brings back a parallel environment of "smokin' down those highways at night with not a lot of regard for anything but getting the job done on time. Sure, there was a concern for safety, at least when the moment struck, but your post carries a much larger impliication of how quickly we can forget about the fragile nature of life. That we sometimes have to be reminded by the misfortune of others says an awful lot about how precious the moment can be; something that can so easily be taken for granted.

That you and your husband give of yourselves and that you share what you are experiencing adds a wealth of value to the life that your father-in-law embraces with such dignity. Thank you for sharing and bless you both on your continued journey.

Natalie said...

Vaya con Dios, Patry, and good wishes to your father-in-law for a return to strength and health, surprising all the medical experts. That sort of strength is more than physical. And thanks for your evocation of places and people, so real and true.

finnegan said...

The call to metaphysical gnomes who safeguard your passage has been sent out!

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