New Mexico had us at "
Welcome to Santa Fe!" We know it now. We heard that phrase less than a two-day drive away from southern California, at the beginning of what would become an 18-month, 30,000-mile Vagabond Tour of America, with my husband Bernie, our beloved old retriever Zoey and me packed into our small SUV.
We sold our family home of 30 years, retired a law practice, and put furniture and the family treasures into one POD storage container. We said goodbye to our three amazing children, our dear friends and set out for an adventure. We would experience so many awe-inspiring sights, but our true quest was to discover new "home." Free of most roles and responsibilities, it was time to re-pot ourselves in a new container. Time to get on with the third chapter of life. All that stuff.
A new friend recently said,
"Santa Fe just calls you. If you're supposed to be here, she just calls you." After testing that first call with a return visit, we answered yes and moved here last September. We loved being here from day one. At the same time, we had many transitions. We didn't know a soul. We missed our children terribly. We missed our forever friends. This was real retirement, not an extended road trip. So, what's next and where do we start? Every aspect of ordinary day-to-day living was new, requiring exploration. If I wanted to meet anyone, I had to put myself "out there" by walking into a roomful of strangers and saying, "hi." Not easy to do for this introvert. Without all the familiar roles and comfortable guideposts, perhaps most surprisingly, it has often been a challenging period of asking "who am I?" or "who am I now?"
Nearly one year later, our roots are indeed growing anew because Santa Fe is filled with endless possibilities and engaging, friendly people. Please, when you meet someone visiting or new to town, never underestimate the power of "Welcome to Santa Fe!" You may be delivering the Call. ~ Lynne Frimond