Another Chapter in Fatherhood and Home Ownership
Well my youngest daughter just flew away. She’s going to do a year of service at the Green Acre Baha’i School in Eliot, Maine. I warned her – it’s COLD there. It’s a lot colder than Tucson where she’s been for the past year and a half. But she’s following her heart that tells her it’s time to serve the Faith she professes.
You see, she just returned from a pilgrimage to the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel. She visited and prayed in the Baha’i holy shrines and met many devoted followers of Baha’u’llah. She’s ready to do this now.
Being a Baha’i myself, I’m proud to see her serve. But being a dad, I worry. Will she ever complete her college education that has just been interrupted? And even more worrisome: Will it cost her old man even MORE when she returns?
Now, here’s the bigger struggle: What do I do with my little house in Tucson? Both my daughters lived there while attending the University of Arizona. It’s in a great location near the campus. I could sell it, but the market sucks right now. I could rent it out, but being an absentee landlord might drive me crazy. Or, I could move into it. But leaving Imperial Beach for the hot, dry desert is not my idea of moving the right direction.
I DO have some wonderful friends there in Tucson. And that sprawling town has a lot of nooks and crannies to explore. But we have the Pacific Ocean for crying out loud!
The neighborhood there is only a little more quiet than the one I live in now, but the sounds are different. Perhaps it will change my songwriting.
Well this will be on my mind for the next few days. Pros and Cons (“Franklin T”). Part of the problem is that this time of year makes Tucson look better, and makes IB look worse. Were we making this decision in June, we might have a completely different attitude.
///DarrellDarrell Rodgers Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist http://darrellsongs.com