This time next month I will be writing my column from the valley. I cannot believe that it is time to leave Arizona. I just printed my last photos of the blooming cacti here in the area and I find myself saying goodbye to dear friends who are also leaving to go back to their homes.The town is less congested and long lines at restaurants are non existent. Finding a parking space at the grocery stores is a pleasant experience now. The businesses suffer when the winter residents leave, but they all have a plan on how to cope. Many take their crafts up north for the season, if they can. I would like to think that we are missed.
I will rejoice when I can once again navigate the MN highways. Arizona drivers are the most arrogant, entitled, and selfish in the world. They do not obey the traffic speeds that are posted all over town. Their cars come without turn signals and the finger is always at the ready. I know I keep harping on this pet peeve, but it really affects your day. Where there is not even a drop of snow, everyday we told of at least two roll overs on the 101or 202 freeways. All blamed on speed and cutting off of drivers.The attitudes boggle my mind.
May I recommend a good read? It is not a long book and it can be read in a day or two. The title is "Girl In Translation," by Jean Kwok. It is a coming of age story. Kwok perfectly captures the voice and perspective of a young immigrant, and the result is a powerful work about love, sacrifice and faith.The characters of the book immigrate from Hong Kong.
John is flying the plane home tomorrow and he has to land at Faribault instead of Stanton because the runway still has snow on it. This will be the first year that we haven't been able to land at our home field. We are hoping that the rains and warmer weather will prevail and the white stuff will melt away pretty soon. Of course all of you have been fighting the brutal winter for months now. You all deserve gold metals for endurance.
So sit tight. Better days are coming and by May 14 when we leave AZ, Minnesota will be snow free.........I hope. SHALOM