All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. –Walt Disney
Sixty-six long years living just miles away
from Highway 80 transformed early on
to Interstate 20 running along Dallas’s
southside toward Abilene, on past Midland.
Good money earned in professional salaries:
accounting—both public and private,
English Instruction in higher education,
secondary high school teaching as well.
Triple digit days of heat May to September
rain scant most all months of each year
cloudy, misty overcast days occasional treats
but, oh so occasional, mostly just Texas heat.
No complaints really as Midland proved to be
excellent for raising two sons to adulthood
with good schools, many parks, activities
of all stripes attractive to men-in-training.
Serving three years an elected trustee
for the Midland Independent School District
Board of Education as District 6 representative
proved a true joy as the last century closed.
Yet now, yes now, final retirement from
professional service looms just weeks away—
and now, yes now, comes time to plan an
Escape from all things West Texas, yes now!
Wither escape? Not Brazil as two trips recall
their heat, nor anywhere within these United
States as our culture has become oppressive—
national politics in particular deeply dark.
Decades after civil rights marches, Dr. King’s
“I have a Dream” speech, one would have
expected much more progress in racial
harmony, yet we move backwards it seems.
Twice Paris, France, delighted with short visits,
once in Northern Ireland, multiple sojourns
in England, in Scotland, even ten weeks there
one summer, intriguing, almost the destination.
Canada now. A decade back Nova Scotia would
be the target, now, based on four visits to Eastern
Canada, but no, two Alaskan cruises out of Seattle
determine the choice, oh! those two excursions.
Twice the Alaskan cruise ship on returning to
Seattle made one final day-excursion stop, in
Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island
the provincial capital, home of Butchart Gardens.
So the dream began and we are always told
Follow Your Dreams, so serious planning finds
itself well underway. A housing specialist seeks
there your next home meeting your expectations.
A Victoria moving company stands ready for
the word to begin to move all your stuff
from Midland to Victoria, British Columbia,
and you, you wait until June to sign a lease.
Summer 2018 you will escape all things Texas.
Sign the lease the first week in June, then
give that word to the Victoria moving company.
Come July Expatriate Dreams turn to Reality.
© April 2018—G. Randall Willis
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