Today was the first “boring” day of walking (not a bad thing). If the last couple of days have been about vineyards, today was about wheat fields. It was like walking through the mid-west but with hills. The sky was grey and I walked the whole day by myself. The solitude and lack of scenery gave me time to think and reflect some..
As those of you know who read yesterday’s post know, I was not in the best of places yesterday (not the physical place – the town was great) the physical and emotional place. My feet really hurt, I was tired, frustrated and I spent a good deal of time limping around town going from one door to the next looking for a place to stay but everywhere was pre-booked, which is unusual up to this point on the camino. The only place with a room was a rather expensive hotel, well outside of the budget I had set for myself. I such a busy city, with so many people, I was feeling pretty lonely. Quite frankly I was depressed and feeling sorry for myself, something I hate.
Priscilla and I have been communicating by wifi texting, which is free, versus calling, which is expensive. But now I pulled out my cell phone and called her. I did not get through and left her a message saying that there was no problem just wanted to say hi. I sat down on a bench and tried to figure out what to do next. Some folks had taken a bus a few days ahead to get some rest, but I did not want to do that unless absolutely the only option – Looking back I must have looked pretty pitiful.
Then the best thing that could have possibly happened – happened – my cell rang and it was Priscilla calling back. I spelled out my dilemma and she told me to check into the hotel, have a nice meal, put my feet up and get some sleep. As usual, I did what I was told.
Priscilla and I have been married for over 26 year and together for something like 34 years and it never ceases to amaze me how much I love her. Relationships are hard. Living with another person can at times feel like a lot of work. Now, while I am probably the easiest person to live with, I can’t say that about everyone. But I can say without a moments hesitation that my life is better because of the people who love me and who I love and I am a better man because of the woman I was lucky and smart enough to marry those many years ago.
And for that I thank God everyday – and if I don’t, I should
6 thoughts on “Simple Blessings & Thanksgivings”
Aw, we are blessed to have found each other, that is for sure!
Isn’t great when you know you have found your soul mate.. Dad
Pad your feet, get to an affordable place, take 3 days off, soak your feet in Epsom Salts, and then get underway again.
I agree with Bob Hoffman! Fix your feet first! Then go…
You are great. And so is your wife. (-:
Keep up the good work! Loving the blog.
Didn’t you feel a bit like Joseph with “no room at the Inn?’ Aren’t you glad you did not have a pregnant woman along too? Glad you found comfort. vaya con dios.