Another Adventure!

For anyone that doesn’t know Norman died Oct 30th.  It was very sudden and fast.  He had been slowing down the last month and needing a lot more sleep but we thought nothing of it but finally his heart just didn’t want to to keep trying and he slipped away quietly and peacefully.  It took a while to realize I couldn’t go with him and I needed to get on with it.  Joe came and spent a week with me and asked if I would come to his house to live and tutor Luke as both he and Holly were so busy they didn’t have the time to spend that they wanted to.  Of course I’d love to go.  I have wanted to teach Luke ever since he was born and now I have nothing else I have to do.  It will be a complete change for me, I can get back to my first love – teaching.  Luke came with his father and we talked a lot and he really wants me to come and be his teach so I know it will be fun.  It also gives me a point to my life.  It will give me a reason to get up each morning.  Every time we moved my life has changed completely and I have loved it – it is what keeps me young.  Now everything will be new and different, I will still miss Norman and I know I will have times when I would like to trade it all in just to have him back but I also know that is not a option and the thought will last no longer than a breath.  My first change is I will go from complaining about the heat to complaining about the cold!  I will be moving to Wenatchee, WA and they have snow already I will fly into Seattle and hope the pass is open so I can get to Wenatchee.  Joe works in the Seattle area and Holly manages a hotel in Wenatchee so Joe goes back and forth between the two.  They don’t know how long he can make the trip twice a week but it makes no difference he will come as often as he can and Luke is in Wenatchee and there  I will gladly be.  Maybe in a year or so we will be back in Florida but only if both Joe and Holly can get jobs near each other so we can all be together again as a complete family unit – I have a new family –  Holly is such a dear to welcome me into her home and let me share her sons.  Landen has been with me for two weeks now and taken good care of me.  We can’t wait to get on with our lives and start this new adventure.

Sunday we are having a “Celebration of Life”  Norman did not want a funeral or wake he wanted to be cremated then wait for me, mix our ashes and have them scattered out over the ocean.  So this Sunday we are having his Celebration of Life.  The family is collecting and Tom is hosting the party.  We will all get together, all tell our favorite stories about Norman, we will visit with family that hasn’t been all together for many many years and I will get to meet some of the great grand children that I have never met.  It will be all that Norman wanted.  Now he has to wait for me and he would hope that will be a long time.  My children will be sure we are reunited some time in the meantime I will start a new life.  They tell me Washington is one of the most beautiful states to see so I can’t wait.  Have a good day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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