Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dominoes



I'm thinking about London this morning, about the big fire dragon that has been moving through the city for the last couple of days. From what I read, things are calming down, but bloody hell.

My friend Steve and his hubby just moved to London, not even a month ago. Isn't there always something challenging that comes up after a big life change? The timing is rather unbelievable. Steve and Dave are smart, grounded, reasonable people. They can take care of themselves, but my heart goes out to them. What a way to become acquainted with their new city! I can't imagine.

I moved to Capitol Hill in May of 2001. Just as I was relaxing into my new life here, getting to know the Capitol, letting Jake run loose on the grounds of the Supreme Court, etc. 9/11 happened. Everything changed after that, not in a good way. I still miss sitting in the rotunda of the Capitol, something I am no longer allowed to do unless one of my staffer friends agrees to stand with me through numerous security checks to get me inside. Before 9/11 I went often to commune with the energy at the center of the rotunda, where the four quarters of the city come together, where Lincoln lay in state, JFK, too. The last time I was there was over a year ago. It's such a hassle now, hardly worth it or so it seems. What a shame.

On the verge of moving my practice into the chateau I'm thinking about how one change begets other changes, always, or so it seems. I don't foresee anything but goodness in the upcoming change, but who knows what will shake out once I get settled in the new studio? Anything could happen. Yikes.

12 comments:

Angela said...

We get what we expect. I expect only good things for you, Reya!

Reya Mellicker said...

Holding that thought. Thanks!

Though ... I have had many an unfulfilled expectation in my 58 years. Many surprises of every stripe. Are you sure, Angela??

Pauline said...

Anything can happen and usually does... that's what life is - constant change! You seem adept at either making things happen or figuring out what to do when unexpected change comes. You have tools at your disposal - acceptance, love, doggedness.

Reya Mellicker said...

Lots of friends, too.

Angela said...

Haha, Reya, those expectations that didn`t come true - aren`t you sometimes GLAD? Some time ago I saw a picture in the paper of a guy my best friend and I both had a crush on - and boy was I glad I didn`t get him!
But the things I REALLY wanted, they came true. At five I told my parents I would see America, one day! And it happened. No, I never got the sister I longed for, but I had daughters, and sister friends. Sometimes there is a little turn, and yes, surprises, but wasn`t that the FUN?

Reya Mellicker said...

Usually, Angela, I would agree with you completely. After the move is done and the dust has settled, I'm sure I'll be so happy this came to pass. Right now, in the midst of it ... uh ...

Jopan said...

Hi, Erm, not to be a spoil sport or anything but i'm over in England and erm i've not seen a lessoning of the rioting. it seems to be speading to other cities in fact...

Reya Mellicker said...

Its awful. I hope you are somewhere safe.

Dibs said...

Last Wednesday morning I went out to weed along my driveway for 15 minutes. I lost my balance and flew backward onto the driveway, breaking my wrist and requiring surgery. I reacted badly to anesthesia and spent three days in ICU in "serious" condition.

I am now back home with my kiddos, wearing a big cast and happy to be alive. I have to ask for help and stay in bed -- both things I am terrible at. Stil... This has made me slow down and that isn't all bad.

Kerry said...

The future sure doesn't come with any guarantee, but I bet the changes in store for you are going to be good, and that this is a smart move you're making.

Let's hope the situation in the UK settles down, and that peace is restored pronto.

Reya Mellicker said...

Dibs how awful! I hope you are soon on the mend.

Kerry from what I see on the internet it is a quieter night in London, though everyone is still on edge, definitely. Bloody hell.

Steve Reed said...

We're holding our own, but I'm glad you're thinking of us! You'll be glad to know that things were much quieter last night.

It is a shame that 9/11 altered so much, and had such lasting effects in terms of security precautions. It's hard to imagine there was ever a time when we could just stroll into any government building -- much less the Capitol!