autumnal equinox


The autumnal equinox occurs tonight, September 22nd, at 9:29 pm central time.

I usually write on the theme of “balance” on the two equinoxes which occur each year, but this time I want to give this post a little twist to acknowledge Alex King being here. This is the first time—and the first time, certainly, since the stroke—that I have had any help here at Estrella Vista that by any stretch of the imagination even begins to approach the description of “equal.”

Now when I say “equal,” I don’t want to create the impression of “equal” as an accountant would define it. We do not apportion household tasks to one side or the other of a ledger, taking care that contributions are exactly balanced. It is much more casual than that. But I am impressed by how unfailingly generous and helpful—thoughtful and anticipatory of my needs—this young man is. He has been here only a couple weeks and there may be some who would say he is still on his best behavior… but I don’t think so. I think I am seeing the real Alex King at his most relaxed and natural self.

He says he has issues, but I honestly don’t see any. People from time assume he’s using Estrella Vista as a place for “healing,” but I honestly don’t see that, either. In a state of total personal freedom and with the absence of any sources of stress whatsoever, there seem to be no “issues” with which to deal. Maybe he should be saying that he has issues in high-stress environments like prison, but he seems perfectly happy and contented here. May it continue forever—or at least as long as he’s here.

But I see that I’ve strayed from my original point that life at Estrella Vista seems to be very equitable. I have just one more thing to add: the more Alex is helpful to me, the more inclined I am to be inclined to be helpful to him. Generosity—and balance—are infectious.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Clannad performing an ode to the Autumn Equinox (Mabon), “She Is Dying”


1 Response to “autumnal equinox”

  1. 1 Steve Booth
    September 22, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Over time I have come to realize that my two foster sons have been as much help to me in muddleling through our lives as I have been for them. It applies on this equinox. Wish I was at sea or somewhere to see the stars on this night.

    On another note I donate a small amount to the cause as you may know but am wondering if a little(it would be very little more would help for a bit while you too are sorting? Let me know. Unfortunately one foster person(the 59 yr old) needs dental and the other(now 50) needs help with a car and … Maybe I should sail away again or find a place like yours? Pax Ste

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