Roaming, Rambling, Rumbling

27 Apr

We made a quick trip to Austin this past week. Lisa had a command performance with the Veteran’s Administration and we got to visit kids and grandkids.

A Visit With the Sons

A Visit With the Sons

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The culture shock I felt upon re-entry was challenging. It’s not the first time I’ve experienced the disorienting sensation of not belonging when returning “home”. In the 70’s when I returned from living nine months in Mexico, I didn’t have words to describe it. I was 22 and trying to figure out life. In the 80’s, I again returned to the US after two years of living in Japan. The depression I felt confused me. I WANTED to return, had chosen and looked forward to it, so why was I so sad?

Sophia Aria Fisher and Daddy

Sophia Aria Fisher and Daddy

Easter With Hunter

Easter With Hunter

I think this time, I was overwhelmed by the wealth we have in the US. Our grocery shelves are stocked with so much variety. Ten different kinds of soy milk! I spent so much time in traffic, bumper to bumper. We pay a high price for consumerism. I don’t know where I’m going with all this. Maybe it’s an excuse to share pictures of my grandchildren.

Aren't they Cute?

Aren’t they Cute?

One thing is evident to me, we’re all connected. The choices we make in the US have an impact on the rest of the world. Our appetite for cheap goods creates garbage that piles up in poor countries ill equipped to deal with it.

I don’t have any answers. It feels like a runaway train. We need elected officials who get it. Meanwhile, live your life, be happy, Happy Earth Day everyday.

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4 Responses to “Roaming, Rambling, Rumbling”

  1. garth April 27, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    The trick for me to keep my ego under control is to focus on living now and living towards versus having an “answer”. sort of the muddling through of being imperfect. Your noticing traffic and the mess we create is spot on ….so what choice do I have that adds to life? that is my guide I work for. I know I make mistakes more often when I cling to an answer.

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    • afish25 April 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

      Thanks Garth. I struggled with writing this blog and decided to just put it out there. This is where I get self rightous. I know it’s not pretty. Thanks for being my friend.

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  2. LJones April 27, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    I love your article! And though I don’t live in Mexico YET, I feel some of what you are talking about in the U.S….in my own life. We have just moved from a too large home to a small apartment: step one. Next step will be downsizing much more and cutting consuming to very little…hopefully, deciding on Mexico for our home (as you both have). Thank you for this inspiring post and I send you both my sincerest wishes for your happiness and joy.

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    • afish25 April 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      Thanks L. That’s all you can do, make changes as you are able. Coming to the US felt like a 2×4 to the head. Ouch!

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