My husband, two younger children and I have been immersed in Ireland since mid-December on an excursion planned for a year and an half. In addition to offering us a refreshing break from our overbooked and much-too-busy lives back in The Berkshires, being away from the first 100 days of the new administration in Washington DC has been a true blessing. With a little shy of a month left to our sabbatical we are beginning to consider our move back and the next steps our path holds.
The unknown is a good test for me. Seeking comfort in knowing that the best future we can muster is the one we shall live while considering our many obligations and responsibilities.
Four years in Ireland would be a wonderful experience for all of us while keeping us removed from the horrifying changes tumbling out of the US federal government. I feel comfortable that I could make a living here.
Funnily enough, it is hard for me to tell if returning to this new home is a real possibility as there are important things we need to organize, complete and contemplate before we could leave The States for that long a period. Most importantly we have Omi and my sister Felicitas. Omi is 87 and we are her closest kin just three miles down our windy hilltown road to her little cabin. Felicitas is incapacitated, lives in a nursing home with the most severe case of MS I’ve ever witnessed and I visit her every week when stateside. In addition, Chris and I have a couple of pieces of real estate in transition, which need completion. We need to organize our home to rent and pack of all the things we would need to return here and make a living – mainly Chris’ tools. This list seems insurmountable at times – it might just be the undiscussed lack of interest I feel from my family vs. my enthusiasm for the change. Let’s see what happens this summer back in The Berkshires. We will go from there.
In the meantime this last sabbatical month is full of travel and non-stop adventure. Chris is heading home early to get a jump on some of the projects in need of our attention. Lucy and Violet have two weeks off of school for Easter Holidays when we will travel to Dublin, London, Paris and Amsterdam to visit family and dear friends. When we return there will be only a week left so I will purge our extra accumulations, pack, clean the house and garden, and head home. Life moves quickly. I always want more. One lesson here is to learn to be fully content with all the beautiful gifts I have. Less is often more.