A Trip Or Vacation Back Home

Name the most expensive personal item you’ve ever purchased (not your home or car).

I am visiting Victoria in the late nineties. It is the first really good visit in ten years. I spent 2000.00 dollars on a car rental, hotel and other odds and sods. I stayed at the James Bay Inn for a couple of days and I flew back to Edmonton on Air Canada.

But I visited mom and dad. I saw Maureen and her 2 kids. I bought them all a nice present: rings and an Alanon book. I think I saw Deb. I didn’t see her kids. My sister Sue was over in Vancouver. It is an whirlwind trip.

Here I am at home in two weeks from the time I left. It is the best way to visit friends and relatives.

It is worth every penny.

We have broken things up pretty good.

Mankind is still available for small group activities, and humanity is still raging on with death and destruction.

The goal is to understand competition, hatred and acting in self-destructive group-acts like war.

It’s not always polite to stare in the mirror.

Sometimes we need to go about the business of procreation, raising the family, community, going to work, etc.

It would have been nice to go to a four day work week, but we fucked that up when we started to think IT was the end all be all.

Technology and science by extension are pretty heady, but so is having a sanity for the individual and group to grow into the 21 century.

It seems like a good time to use old technology like mindfulness or meditation.

Old ideas like globalization can’t be all bad.

Things can still go south with unknown diseases, over population, poverty, natural disaster and more.

Never a dull moment with human consciousness.

She may have a late nap and be up forever

Worries and concerns of a young mom talking to her friend on the way to the store, baby in tow.

She is grateful, thriving and living in a good way.

Contrasting situations arise downtown, but mom feels good taking her young baby out for a stroll with the support of a good friend.

So many parts to a well rounded life, what will this woman do in this lifetime?

Who will her baby become?

How will her family live over the next twenty five years.

There is a lot going on out there.

We have a lot of changes, choices and charges to work out.

But it is nice to smell the roses and acknowledge the traditional aspects from time to time.

[Greek, Roman], The Roman Empire

In this dialogue, a Roman master-race status is pitted against the superiority of Greek culture.  The two noblemen are at odds but the collaboration and cooperation are evident in the outcomes.  The two principles discuss the outcomes.

Greek:  As a master-race you would never have conquered Carthage without the superior knowledge of Greek Engineering, science and art.

Roman:  We are the master-race.  We have conquered the known world.  Yes, we had some trouble with Carthage but it has allowed the empire to absorb more people, places and things.  After all, to be a Roman of distinction, I speak Greek as well as Latin.

G:  Yes, and Greek art fills your home.  You were also tutored by a Greek to learn the basic tenets of Plato ethics and Aristotle’s logic and rhetoric.

R:  I admit you Greeks make great engineers because you did a splendid job with our Pantheon.  And your Greek philosophy have enabled us to fill out a framework for our law and history.  We love your consumer goods and your gladiators keep us entertained in the Colosseum.  But we are the master.  You make good detectives but we make the best rulers.

[Brother and Sister], Mom and Dad

In this dialogue, the two principles are talking about the welfare of the parents.  The brother says his mother has been on her own for over 10 years.  The sister asks what he thought of her future.  He goes on to talk about his father’s death and the legacy he left for the family.  The sister agrees, but points out some differences and the importance of caring for the aging parents:  in summary as in caring for the living mother.
They pick up on the conversation at this point in the summarization.

Brother:  Why do you want to care for mom when you know dad left her enough money to make her comfortable.  And I am here.  I see her every weekend, I call her, she calls me.

Sister:  I know you care for her.  I just mean dad’s memory is in her mind enough already.  We need to emphasize her worth to us.

Brother:  Yes.  I agree.  We have been doing it for over ten years.  And I am only talking to you.  And I say mom and dad left everything to us.  We need to remember mom is still in need of everything and it helps her when we treat her as the one in charge.  We need to help her remember her ability to take care of herself.

Sister:  We do, you do.  I do in my way.

Brother:  Good, we are on the same page.