When I met His Excellency Bishop Silva, I mentioned to him then that I was not sure if I would want to go home. He responded: "The door is open." I wonder what Bishop Lucas would think if I made the request...
Life on the island is much slower and peaceful than life back on the mainland. I like that. Every cashier looked at the back of my credit card for my signature. They saw "SEE PHOTO ID" and actually asked to see my driver's license. I like that, too. That rarely happens at home.
The weather is beautiful and it is not humid. My arthritis - once my shoulder was back in place - has not bothered me one bit, something that also does not happen in Illinois. The temperature changes little throughout the day - fifteen degrees at most. The sun has shone every day I have been here (ten in total). I like that, too.
Having driven around the entire island, there is not a single geographically boring spot to be seen. I like that, too. The mountains are majestic in their greenery. The flora of the island is beyond compare. Everything is so green and fresh. The blue of the sky is perfect and the stars shine brightly in a different arrangement than I am used to seeing.
The people pray well here and there is a vibrancy to their faith and prayer. I like that, too.
In short, I am very happy here and I do not want to leave. Nevertheless, my plane takes off in - if the Lord wills - two hours and forty-five minutes. I am to fly through the night to Cincinatti where I will board another plane back to Indianapolis that is scheduled to land at 10:30 a.m. local time. From there I will drive the two hours back to Effingham for a wedding rehearsal Friday evening.
The weekend wil be packed with a wedding, the weekend Masses and the high school graduation. This weekend will hit like a ton of bricks, but it will have been well worth it.
To this fair island I bid, in the words of Bilbo Baggins, a very fond farewell. Aloha! Or maybe better: arrividerci! Until we meet again! I will return!
Your prayers are requested for a restful sleep through the night and a safe flight. My gratitude in advance!