Blue Mountains and Beyond
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Book 4, ROOTED series
Written and Illustrated by Lisa Loucks Christenson
I can't believe it. Moving day has arrived. Five months ago, this day felt like it was five years, not months away. Now, today, I look back and wish I had more time to spend here. I thought I was ready, but as I look around at what I have to leave behind, I realize I never can be ready. It's better just to keep walking, not look behind. Forget my possessions that I willingly leave as a gift for a new traveler; someone who I'll never meet. A person who will know me by my things and words.
Once I step out of this room, en route to my journey to reach the Blue Mountains, my new life begins. I already booked a day trip to see the Three Sisters. The next day I'll be ready to do some canyoning. I can't wait to enter the rain forest. I think my diary is provided after I board the plane. I'm wondering if I should sneak a notebook out, just in case it isn't. I don't want to break the rules. There are dire consequences for that. I want to write down all that I am looking forward to and everything I need to remember from this life. I don't want to forget, though I guess that's the point. Will I miss my life here? They say, it's impossible.
How do I end this writing in front of me now? Good-bye seems too informal for every travel we've been through. I wish I could start on my brand-new diary. I think I'd start it with, "You previously knew all my secrets, and I look forward to our fresh path."
Now how do I say good-bye to you? I feel like I should leave a note or code sheet for the next person, but that's the point of being here, to learn on your own. I would be offering easy answers, and they may need to struggle to give them confidence when they figure out their path.
All I can think of is good-bye my dearest friend. I know writing that isn't enough. I'm sorry. Maybe that is the way to go. I hear them coming. They are knocking at my door. I guess I'm leaving now, but it seems early. Good-luck. Trust yourself and your judgement, the angels will come to help you. Don't be afraid to let go. Survive.
(Mock cover. The new book cover will be posted in the future)