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Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans

January 17, 2014
Posted at 9:54 am

The "plan" was that I'd be relaxed in my trailer in Texas starting my next phase of wandering. Southeast. Visit Old Rotorhead in Fort Worth, see some of the sites of my favorite stories in Waco, and then pick up the Gulf Coast highway (98) somewhere near Houston and maybe get to Key West by the end of March.

A funny thing happened on the way to the airport . . .

It wasn't that funny, but I was tossing my bags in a friend's car when my wife got a phone call that her 96-yo stepdad was in the hospital and not expected to make it through the weekend. Kidneys have started to shut down and he's on morphine for the pain that he's having. Bad signs. Wife overwhelmed and unable to make a decision. House still needing the final pickup and clean-up before the open house the next day.

I called and cancelled my flight to Texas. She got a midnight flight to Minnesota. I cleaned for the next several hours, right up to the moment half a dozen real estate agents and their clients were lined up outside the door for the open house the next morning.

The good news is that in less than 24 hours, we've had 25-30 agents and their clients in to see the house and the official public open house isn't until tomorrow. The bad news is that going to Minnesota to sit by her stepdad's side with her sister hasn't lessened my wife's stress level, nor has sleeping on the sofa in my basement (the bedroom is staged for showing) lessened mine.

Not sure how long I'll be staying here now. At least through the weekend. Maybe a week or more. With luck, it will give me time to get my taxes completed and filed, our separations papers finalized, and the house sold. What's that old saying about the top stress factors in a person's life? Death, divorce, moving, job change . . . Well, I'll be here until I'm not needed here. Key West will still be there.

That's what we do.

Oh. The quote in the title. Usually attributed to John Lennon in "Beautiful Darling Boy" (1980) the first known attribution is to Allen Saunders, Readers' Digest, 1957. It just seems incredibly appropriate.