No answers, so far.
But two interesting things have happened. I have faced transitions this year that I never imagined and they are having a huge impact on me.
The first transition was the death of my mother. In some ways I lost her several years ago as dementia set in and she no longer knew who I was. I've said before that it's an odd feeling to realize you are now an orphan. Is anyone ever ready for this?
The second transition is the loss of friends. I blogged earlier this summer about two friends who have recently moved. I now have a third friend to add to the list. Each woman is special to me in a distinctly different way and each has enriched my life.
I think I now have more friends who live in other states than live near.