I'm going to go out on the boat for about four days. The temperature is going to be great--warm during the day with cool nights. My spirit is needing a respite from politics and family. I am needing a brief geographic cure, just to put some things on the back burner.
One of the things that has seared me in the last couple of days was overhearing my father-in-law say that I had not done much for them. The scenario was that I stopped by to check on them. My mother-in-law said to Pop that it was nice that I had stopped by. His reply was: "What has he ever done for us?". That one cut deeply.
I don't need to defend myself against the comment. I know what I have done. And I know that he is old and angry. Nonetheless, such an appraisal is one that makes me realize that we either know each other too well or not at all. That seems to be the way with many human relationships. It's a pity, really.
So I'll get away from it all for a few days. I'm going to sear my mind with sunny days, sparkling water, beach sand, and fair winds.
Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love. ~John Steinbeck