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Support System

Biggest Dog in the Universe. Ink drawing. Private collection.

Today I had a little event to say goodbye to my collectors before leaving on my trip. For the first time ever I baked bread for an event, and I was quite pleased with how it turned out. But other really good things happened too: A friend who is dogless but loves dogs offered to take Holly while I travel. Note: I have not trusted anyone except professionals with my dog in years, but I think it’s time to open up to this type of help and support. My friend is always playful and sweet around Holly, and her home would be a warm loving environment for my little Poochie.

It’s interesting, considering I’ve been such a rolling stone for years, and that not long ago I was feeling very much alone here in Houston. But, as I embark on this trip, it turns out I have friends who are taking me to the airport, friends I’m traveling with, a friend who volunteered to look after my mail and plants, friends who took the orchid they gave me a few months ago so they can coax it into blooming again. And a friend who wants to love on my dog while I’m gone. But, let’s not forget the most important of all: a friend who truly gets me and talked me through some of the heavier feelings I’ve been dealing with. For a travel blogger, I must admit I have a lot of anxiety about travel – up until the moment when the trip actually starts. I think that is the moment of letting go, which is always hard for me to do. But with a good support system perhaps this time it’ll be easier. Or so I hope.

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