A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
During my writing hiatus (Day 62-77), I took a Ducky Tour, a land / amphibious
tour of Pittsburgh. In the past, I thought that these tours just were too “cheesy”
(another Pittsburgh original description), for a native Pittsburgher like me to try. I never thought that I would be one of those
persons sitting on an obnoxiously bright “bus/
boat like thing,” chiming in with the
others, and yelling “quack, quack,
quack” at city walkers on their cell
phone. My excuse for the tour was that I had to try to find a light non- threatening
environment in which to introduce my mother to my friend but down deep, the big
kid in me really just wanted to go! I also thinkI fulfilled Little Golden Book’s advice to “frolic” and Maslow’s child like self –actualization characteristic with
In the water on a beautiful day
The tour sure was a frolic through Pittsburgh with some
interesting history and with a lot of laughs. I really enjoyed learning that the World
War II six wheeled vehicle that changed from a truck to a boat (DUKW) was
only expected to last a week. This DUKW history elicited a flashed
back to Day 5 when I visited the World War II memorial on the North Shore.
Changing back from boat to truck
I was riding the red one which is "Dottie, the little diva duckling that loves Pittsburgh's theater and music scene." How appropriate for me since I love theater! I enjoyed learning more about my beloved
city during another picture perfect fall day and for an hour, I loved just acting silly. It's cheesy but good cheese and I would definitely go again and quack.
Then the Lord said, "My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, they will live no more than 120 years" (Gen 6:3)
As the DUKW changes form, God patiently allowed time for the people in Noah's day to change and he patiently waits for us.