Well, this day is a bust! My first thought when I opened my door, saw the gloomy skies, heard the rain.
My last day here on the shores of Lake Ashtabula and I was thinking, Meh ~ I am not going to get to do what I wanted to do most.
Ah, so…..there are plenty of things to do indoors. I set about completing some Italian language lessons, packing away things in preparation for tomorrow’s journey. Wondering whether I would pass this way again.
After a couple of hours I decided nope, I am not cooking today. Let’s find a Chinese buffet. Now there is something I have not done in a couple of years. Half an hour and 20 miles to the south, I parked my car, walked in the door of the Kirin House, was about to be seated when Mary, a complete stranger said, You can join me at my table if you would like.
I did; enjoying lots of wonderful veggies, fried rice and chicken while learning that my new acquaintance was a farmer in town for the day. She talked about raising sheep and growing small grains, the changes in weather (quite a rainy season this year, she said).
We had a very pleasant time. When I was leaving I thanked her for inviting me to join her. She replied, You looked so surprised. Yes, Mary, I was. No one has ever asked me to join them for a meal until today.
She then said recently she dined alone at an Indian restaurant. A woman asked her to join her and they had a wonderful time. She wanted to pay it forward.
Later, skies clearing, (what a magical day has evolved), I made my way to Medicine Wheel park. I was going to get to do the thing I most wanted to do!
Standing in wonder, I was realizing a long-held dream.
I walked to the very center of the medicine wheel, stood there, on hallowed ground, turned to greet the sky, the earth; turning to face the different directions as I recited the Native American prayer I have carried with me ever since I started my road trip in 2007.
O our Father, the Sky, hear us and make us strong.
O our Mother, the Earth, hear us and give us support.
O Spirit of the East, send us your Wisdom.
O Spirit of the South, may we tread your Path of Life.
O Spirit of the West, may we always be ready for the Long Journey.
O Spirit of the North, purify us with your cleansing Winds.
On this autumnal equinox, it is……a very good day ~