TransitionsPosted: January 25, 2010
It’s been a time of transitions, this past month or so. For my server. For myself. Organizing life. Organizing time. Does one organize transitions, particularly life transitions? Or do the transitions simply happen? A combination, I suppose. Before I get waylaid contemplating the meaning of life, here’s a transition Susan is considering and has some questions:
I just got back from a short trip to Hawaii…..wonderful !!!! My best friend, (Dan) and his wife (Marti) and their 21 year old son (Cody) live on the Big Island, and I had not been over there since they had built and moved into their new house in Wailea — about 10 miles north of Hilo. Although I have fantasized about Hawaii ever since I first went there some 23 years ago, I always came back to my own lazy ways and to staying here. This time I think I need to pursue my dream of getting over there for longer portions of time, which brings me to my questions.
It turns out that taking dogs to Hawaii no longer requires the 120 day quarantine period that always made the whole prospect of taking them impossible. There is now a program by which the dogs can be tested and then approved for direct-release. That’s the primary hurdle for me. I can go. I can take the dogs. They don’t have to be quarantined. It’s convoluted and expensive, but it can be done.
So….I’m trying to figure out how to go for a month or three or four to see if I like it well enough to buy or build something there so I can stay for 6 months….or forever. If I could find someone who would rent to me with 4 dogs (HA HA HA !!!!!) I would simply pack up and go there for December-January-February or so and try it out. I doubt that anyone in their right mind would do that. So…..my friend Katy Rose would be willing to rent out her condo and move in with my dogs for however long I wanted to go for. (In fact that would be a boon to her, since she needs the extra income). Okay, so now my question: how long can I be away from my dogs without them really really forgetting that I’m their mom??????? Realize that I have no idea whether I can survive even a month without THEM, so this is just a fishing expedition for facts, which will eventually help me figure out how to accomplish this mission, but…..that is my main question: how long can I leave them (in their own home with an excellent caretaker etc) without damaging our relationship.
I will look forward to your thoughts, and feel free to put whatever of this you want onto the blog if that suits you