our road trip to Minneapolis is still on. we are waiting on my daughter to get here later this afternoon. we will take off when she does. mary and i can do most of the driving. she can rest from the driving she had to do to get here.
i will get to spend time with my daughter. i haven’t seen her much these past few years. her work takes her all around the country. i think she is lucky she gets to go to so many places. and get paid for it. i am proud she has the education and experience to be able do that.
when i was bumming around all over i was broke most of the time. i rode buses or hitch hiked. a few times a government program paid my way. then left me on my own. i sought peace in alcohol and drugs. didnt find it so i always ended up back on the rez.
i still want to see my brother Larrys’ graves site. gotta do that on memorial day week end. i often think of my brothers i lost. Larry, Gary, Andy and Mikey. them and other bros that are gone. that’s one thing about getting older. you end up losing a number of people that are still dear to you. i will never forget my bros.
it rained again last night. good thing i mowed my yard. it was still wet in some areas. i had to leave a couple of places unmowed. the tires on my riding mower would just spin and kick up mud. i didnt want to tear up the yard so i left those areas alone. i did mow the bulk of the yard. now it wont be too tall from the coming rains.
my son Mishan brought me a Cuban cigar. he went on another cruise in the Caribbean. i will enjoy smoking that cigar. it beats the occasional cheap cigar i smoke. life is too short to smoke cheap cigars. you gotta have a Cuban every now and then. i know i shouldn’t smoke but hell i am allowed a few pleasures in life.
i had some trees and/or branches on our allotment fall over during recent storms. it is elm wood. we use it in ceremonies. i put in a request with a tribal program a couple of years ago to cut it for me. i told them if it falls over it just rots out and isn’t made use of. now some of it is falling over.
i hope i dont have to pay someone to help me out. i dont want to see that wood go to waste. i would do it but i accept reality. my arthritis pain flares up when i do any thing physical. i am getting older.
i know how it is, that’s why i volunteer to help others whenever i can. not all indians believe in that though. some wont help even if they are paid. i have said money is the best thing to happen to us. and the worst thing. the love of money and power has changed too many of our people. its a good thing not all of our people are like that.
that’s why i am up for a road trip. sometimes you just gotta step back and see things from another angle.