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Sorry, Dorothy.

I can breathe now. I secured a job teaching AP Literature at a Lynchburg, Virginia high school. We found a house in the nearby town of Bedford and will close on March 21. Three obstacles face me now.

Shoulder replacement on March 29. I have avoided thinking about this for months. Last year’s surgery repairing torn tendons consumed my summer with physical therapy.  Alas, during Thanksgiving, I fell and dislocated my shoulder. Ouch. Remember Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein? That has been me, using my good hand to move the bad arm. (My students find it comical to see me writing on the board with my good hand holding up my elbow.)

When the topic of my shoulder is under discussion, I am surprised how colleagues and acquaintances jump in with a horror story of their own. “Abe’s body rejected the replacement. It was a foreign object and after three more surgeries, he’s still in pain.” Or, “Amy got an infection and it nearly killed her.” I haven’t heard of anyone dying from a shoulder replacement, so that is what I’m focusing on.

Cloudy Afternoon

Should we sell Dorothy or take her with us? Jim found a discarded wooden sign down the hill from our motor home. Dorothy became the name of our “ship”. To me, Dorothy is a vessel that rocks and rolls during windy gusts. She requires preventative maintenance and diligent care. We bought her six months ago. She is thirty-eight feet long and cost $165,000 in 2002. Twenty years later, her value is nowhere near that amount, but she is priceless to Jim. He tinkers and attends to her with daily devotion. Since we are boondocking at the edge of an RV park, we get the benefits of a water filling/discarding service, internet, and the laundry room. It also means we rely on the generator and solar panels for energy. The instrument panel is checked throughout the day and night to ensure we do not run out of heat and electricity.  Jim has itched to drive her across the country when we move in late May. He promises me the Cummings engine can do it.

I, on the other hand, have become rather timid with adventures. I voted to sell her before we leave Arizona. I am afraid something will break during the 2,000-mile drive. I worry we will not recoup our money the longer we live in it. Last night, Jim and I drank wine and listened to Charles Lloyd play the sax while Lucinda Williams, whose voice could make a dog howl, sing “Dust.”

We talked about adventures and why I was becoming a scaredy-cat. “Why waste so much of your time thinking of our future home than appreciating our home today? In Dorothy?”

Jim refreshed my wine glass. We looked at the hills and watched the night set in. “We are about to cross the country, and that’s the adventure! Let’s stop in Nashville and see Graceland. Let’s eat ribs and listen to music in Memphis,” my wise husband suggested. 

Sorry, Dorothy. It is never too late for an attitude adjustment.

Time to share novel three and blog again. The third hurdle has been the World War II novel I put5555 on hold along with blogging. I’m vowing not to wish for the fut5ure. After all, who knows how March 29 will turn out?  And the third manuscript? I’m going to share “The Lost Sisters of Bataan” now. Chapter by chtapter. Be my guest and be a critic. I’ll hire a professional editor with the hope that Dartfrog Publishing will agree to its publication.

Love & Friendship,

Cindy

51 thoughts on “Sorry, Dorothy.”

  1. I can see the nostalgia reasons for travelling 2,000 miles across country in Dorothy, but perhaps not the practical and financial ones. I am less adventurous than Jim, or you, and presume I would buy something like a station wagon to make the trip.
    I know lots of people who have had shoulder surgery, and they were all fine. I am sending you ‘fine vibes’.
    I enjoyed the jazzy song, and the idea of that refilled wine glass.
    Congratulations on the house.
    Best wishes as always, Pete. x

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  2. Congratulations! As for Dorothy, it seems like Jim has the passion and expertise to handle the drive, and once you kick into the new job, along with the writing proejct, you next chance to have such a grand adventure may be put on hold – so embrace!

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  3. What an evocative post. You’re making me wistful for road trips across America again! However, we do have a road trip planned in Europe during June and July. Great news about the house and job. Best of luck for your surgery, will be sending healing thoughts your way. And great to hear you’re going to be focusing on your book again and letting us see it too. A hiatus can often bring renewed enthusiasm for a project!

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      1. Well….it’s a little bit rocknroll as my husband is in a band and they have a European tour – it’s just a few nights essentially and it certainly isn’t going to be big tour buses and glamorous after show parties! However, the first part takes in France, Belgium, Germany and Rotterdam (I think) and then we get to holiday in the south of France for 2 weeks (without the rest of the band – can’t wait) and whilst there we pop to Spain for a couple of nights for the last part of their tour. I would like to say there will be an element of culture in there but that’ll have to wait until we get to France!

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          1. That’s kind of you to ask! They’re called Thee Scarecrows AKA. They’re somewhat unique…!
            I think I might have to record the trip in some way and the blog will be the perfect opportunity!!

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  4. Cindy, good luck with your surgery. Your positive spirit will get you through any rough patches. Congrats on the new job and house, and safe travels.Thought you might be interested in this article re: Bataan. I’m looking forward to your book being published. https://thesouthern.com/news/local/siu/siu-professor-to-speak-about-bataan-death-march-before-congressional-committee-as-80th-anniversary-approaches/article_c4aa75a4-687d-5cd7-ba8b-dd12175c68b7.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_The_Southern_Illinoisan&fbclid=IwAR14WLoRbHsrMJhrU6kMejnlcWuFKN2kNCEOQdffDIyMwrtEQTc53SUAsv0

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  5. Hi Cindy I have never heard of anyone dying of a shoulder operation either. My aunt, in her 80s, had one and is fine. There is a recovery period and physiotherapy, of course. Good luck with your move, I would do the trip in Dorothy and see the sights.

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  6. I read this a couple of days ago but hadn’t replied yet :). Wow, what an adventure you’re on. I really have to commiserate about the shoulder. I haven’t had surgery, but I did have a full dislocation many years ago, and that’s a pain I remember.
    I had to grumble reading about folks telling you their surgery horror stories. Ladies did that to me before my second C-section. like I wasn’t already anxious!
    I’m sure you’ll come through it great. My step-mom weathered her recuperation great, and she’s tough like you are.
    Enjoyed the music!
    –Rose
    (thought it was about time I let you know my name isn’t Pam, but she’s a real nice lady so I didn’t mind it. hehe)

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      1. No, I do occasionally blog about movies on my blog, but that’s another fine lady. I figured that’s who you were thinking of. Her site is so cool!
        On my first blog, I was called RoseRed, but then I chose my pen name (Pleasant Street) and since they knew me as Rose, it stuck. I’m comfy with that. 🙂

        That didn’t come out as succinctly as I had hoped haha. Hope that made sense

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  7. Jim is right to live in the moment, plus he can fix Dorothy! That’s big! Hubby and I talked about driving across the country. Talked. We never did it, and now his arthritis is so bad that it will remain a dream. Life is short, play hard.

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    1. Good morning! Thank you for inquiring about my health, my life. I had the flu days before the surgery date, and they canceled it. I have no time to get it done before moving from AZ to Virginia in late May. So, I carry the bad shoulder with me. At least I will be able to help with the move.
      AP Literature is Advanced Placement Literature. High schoolers take this college class and as you can guess, it’s about literature. Analyzing it. Writing academic papers about it. It is a dream class to teach. I cannot wait!

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      1. I just read about it. A concept I had not seen before. Sounds absolutely great. And challenging. Congrats.
        (about the shoulder, don’t wait too long. The body adjusts and then it’s more complicated to fix it…) (If I may be so bold…) 🙏🏻

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  8. Good luck with the new position, and I hope you feel better soon. As for Dorothy, I think you guys did the right thing. My wife and I have become less and less sentimental about physical things. We have decided that the important thing is to accumulate great memories. Everything else is secondary. We feel more relaxed now.

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