For an exciting birthday present, I actually drove into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (I NEVER do that!). Within an hour of my arrival, I was standing outside the Security Checkpoint awaiting the expected tall drink of water with long, nearly black locks overflowing her shoulders. Behold, this tall, skinny blonde in braids was suddenly hugging me. Granddaughter, Becca, was the nicest, warmest, chattiest arrival, and a most welcome bundle of energy. She had returned through Miami customs and was more than mid-way on her flight to Spokane, WA where her parents awaited their turn of tears and hugs. I was privileged to claim her first.
After two plus years with the Peace Corps in Peru, Becca was home and all my grown rug rats and grand rug rats were on the same continent.
We had dinner in nearby Chelsea’s Kitchen, trying to fill up a body that hadn’t eaten for 12 hours. Accomplishing bites in between all of this grandma’s questions was truly amazing. She filled me in on all the families she had worked with and classes she had given. I also heard a more detailed description of the questionable activities she did on her off time. They were questionable mostly in my mind, not hers, like the trip down the Amazon River on a disintegrating raft. No wonder she was thin with all the piranhas biting her backside! (They are known for their sharp teeth, powerful jaws, and voracious appetite for meat!
From those stories, we went on to her dreams for the future which, in sequence, were seeing her parents, sleeping for three days and nights, visiting friends, going back to college for another degree, and incidentally, changing the world.
Three hours passed quickly and it was time to part. I didn’t cry as she hugged me goodbye, but she didn’t see the tears flow as I stopped at the top of the stairs and watched her go back through Security. I love birthday presents! God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”