Healing from Loss: For Now

JOANinNYCThe now I know will be different on the other side of a blink.

That’s why I went on the Tompkins Cortland Community College Art Club excursion today, an 18-hour whirlwind trip to New York City and back.

Things change. I may never get another opportunity like this (it was free). Who knows if or when I’ll have the time or energy to pull this off again. But today I’m cruising.

That’s why I went on the Tompkins Cortland Community College Art Club excursion today, an 18-hour whirlwind trip to New York City and back.

Things change. I may never get another opportunity like this (it was free). Who knows if or when I’ll have the time or energy to pull this off again. But today I’m cruising.

 

TimesSquare    In that spirit, I joined 35 other students and faculty on a Swarthout bus at 6AM this morning. After 4 hours on the road we burst off the bus and darted through the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan, and the Museum of Modern Art. I glimpsed many works of art, like the Jules Bastien-Lepage painting of Joan of Arc, that had inspired me as a young girl. It was like running into old friends. We dashed through Central Park. Finally we had a fast dinner at the Pain Quotidien Bakery, hopped back on the bus, and drove through Times Square.

The almost-full moon is following us now as we speed along the highway to home.

Now I am at the end of my 6th rewrite of my memoir. It is time to start looking for an agent or publisher. I am about to start writing a bi-monthly column for a small online newspaper. The essay I’ve been working on for over a month is due in 2 days and in the morning I will submit it to a contest. My son is home and healthy.

The now I know is full of bright lights and promises. I can celebrate. For now.

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