Matthew visited again the following summer, we drove to
Florida to visit my 98 year old mother and sisters
and families at Amity. Here they are together at night,
playing scrabble as my brothers-in-law chat in the background.
felt secure and beloved to be in their midst, and looked
into buying property near them to build a new home. But
my life-style was very different from theirs, and my youngest
son Hooper reminded me that I would not be near museums and
universities and the active art scene that I loved so much.
I was torn between longing to return to the family
nest and forging ahead with a life of my own. As I healed
I found I no longer needed the emotional support they had
so lovingly given me.
I pondered where in the whole world would I most like to
settle for the remainder of my life, and decided on the
Eastern seaboard in general, with Cokesbury Village in Delaware
as my first choice. It is near Washington and New York,
universities and great museums. I sent in my application,
and was put
on a five year waiting list.