The dog, Crystal, and the Old Fool are alone. Rachel, Eldon, and Khalid left this morning for Denver, Colorado. They will stop overnight and stay tomorrow in Newton, Kansas, so Rachel can tend to business. Then they will go to a Stoltzfus family reunion south of Denver.
Crystal was very much aware that they were going to leave us. She pushed herself against my leg as we watched the luggage being packed into the Prius. Soon after the Prius drifted down the drive to begin the journey, the Old Fool began to prepare to go birding. Then Crystal quickly sensed that she was going to left alone. She ran into her cage because she knew it to be her safe place when she is alone.
But the Old Fool knows that he and Crystal are not alone. He senses that they are surrounded by the Creating and Sustaining Being who pervades the universe as fully as the air covers the earth. He felt that Presence while birding, while browsing the library, and while eating lunch with Betty, Rhoda’s youngest sister.
The Old Fool also knows that he is cared for by friends here in Goshen and by other family and friends scattered around the globe.