I often post photographs of the sunrise over the weathervane in Rowe but today’s feels a little different. After much prep I am here full time. It’s not exactly the way I had anticipated this all happening over the years but really, how many of us can say that things turn out the way we planned?
I understand that I am more than fortunate to be able to do this in a place that is so special to me. It’s not so much the house or property but the spirit of a place that’s been my home for well over 50 years. I have lived in other places for much, much longer than the cumulative number of years I’ve lived in Rowe but there is no other place that I feel calmer, safer than here.
The bedroom I’m currently occupying faces east. I chose this one for the sole reason of seeing the sunrise in the morning. I just situated the bed so the sun wouldn’t shine right in my eyes should I oversleep and miss it peeking over the horizon. I also crack the window open a bit before I go to bed to have the frogs lull me to sleep at night and the birds wake me up in the morning. To me there is no better way to end or start a day.
The move went like clockwork, my father is settling into his home of almost 50 years. He slept late and commented on how he hasn’t slept that well in 2 years. Although he will miss the people who surrounded him in his time away I can’t help but think this will be healing in its own way. Rowe is so much more home to him and Fort Pelham Farm is what he brought into my life.