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Far from home.

August 24, 2014

Choks away binky...

I am in Oregon, USA as I tap this into my ipad.  To be precise I am in Bend, Oregon. So far I have seen a strip mall and my room in the Shilo Hotel Inn and Suites.  The room is dingy and dated but it doesn’t matter since the reason I am here is to visit my son, not luxuriate in hotel freebies and crisp white linen.  Although a bedspread that didn’t spark with every shuffle would be nice.

Oregon is stunningly beautiful.  I drove the coast road once, long ago, and today drove from Portland to Bend though hills, mountains, forests and what looked like African savannah. I hired a car.  I’m driving on the right.  By myself. Big thing this.  It feels very odd to be in his homeland without my husband.

Tomorrow I am scheduled to meet Birgit at 8am, at the Second Nature offices, from where we will drive about two hours into the desert to meet up with my boy and his group.  I haven’t seen him for five weeks, and since then he has been out in the wilderness, trekking, making camp, building relationships with his peers, staff and therapists who are all part of this programme.  There are no showers in the wilderness so he is likely to be quite ripe, which will be nice.

Why is he there, I hear you clamouring.  Why are so far away, why, what, where, when??  I’m not going to write it all down here, partly because its a bit chilly in the air con and I want to go and buy unnecessary clothing from the mall, and partly because it’s not my story to tell. Suffice to say that it’s been a bumpy ride for him, and us his family, for some time now and we all wanted to fix the situation.  This is him fixing the situation.

It’s a really tough thing to face, and a really tough thing to talk about to others, even to family and close friends, which is one of the reasons I am writing this slightly cryptically.  Wish me well in the heat and dust, but most of all wish my boy well again, and lend your support in thoughts not words.  Thank you. I will send sunshine and warmth in return.


A small outcrop passed along the way. Mount Hood.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Benet Haughton permalink
    August 25, 2014 6:44 am

    good voyager you are Lizzie and Stormy too no doubt.

  2. August 25, 2014 8:12 am

    Strong thoughts and hugs.

  3. Alison B permalink
    August 25, 2014 5:03 pm

    Sending you my love, brave and fearless friend. Big hugs to you and Stormy. Will whip down for tea and cake when you are ready xxx

  4. Louisa Philpott permalink
    August 25, 2014 9:01 pm

    goo luck Liz xx thinking of you

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