Today was a particularly busy and stressful day for me in the emergency department where I work. We had instituted a new system for getting patients seen more quickly. That meant me greeting everyone immediately upon arrival, including the four ambulances that came within five minutes of each other.
I had to stay an extra hour to finish all
my charting, making for an exhausting end to an especially hectic and
stressful day. The hour-long drive home didn't help me relax, as I was
racing to get to Belfast City Hall before they closed at 5pm in order to
fill out the paperwork for a new postal address. City assessor Bob
Whitely was especially helpful; he shared his impression that everyone
that he had met associated with Belfast Cohousing had been so nice.
finally arrived home, planning to have a solitary dinner of leftovers
in the quiet of my new home. I was surprised to drive up and find at
least eight cars parked above the houses.
I didn't see anyone
about, so as I walked into my house I looked out of my large windows
across to the fields and gardens. There I spotted smoke from a cooking
fire, children running in the fields, and grownups sitting around a
Within minutes I was having dinner with Nessa and
Christoph, Geoff and Abby, Colleen, Karen, and a host of kids. We shared
food, stories, our hopes for the future and a growing sense of our
community. By the end of the evening, Christoph, Geoff, and I had mowed a
soccer field requested by the children.
As the sun set and the
cool wind kicked up, driving me up to my warm home, I thought about what
a perfect ending this had been to a day that had been so difficult. I
am really looking forward to many more evenings like this one.