Time to Part - Chapter 11
Time to Part Chapter 11
When Leigh was twenty years old, she fell in love with Landon Scott. She wanted to go to Canada to be with him. I reasoned with Leigh for hours and we agreed to fly to Calgary for a vacation, and for her to be with Landon.
We would celebrate her twenty first birthday at the Lake Louise Resort deep within the Canadian Rockies. All went as planned. I felt as if I was taking the princess to the prince.
Landon was a true gentleman who paid for all of our expenses during our time at Lake Louise. I liked him even though he was born in the same year as Leigh's brother, Dave. Landon was nineteen years older than my only daughter, but she was used to being around older adults: afterall I was forty-four when she was born. She had spent all of her growing up years around her brothers and their girlfriends, all twenty years older. I was not surprised at the age difference. I did all in my power to be relaxed and happy for Leigh and her new love while I was there.
The beautiful sights and sounds in and around the hotel at Lake Louise kept me entertained. I especially enjoyed the melodies of the harp, which were played in the luxurious music area of the lobby, by a lovely young woman from the States. She was dressed in a floor length golden gown and played the classics from the forties, fifties, and sixties, as many of the guests were retirement age.
The lake was still frozen with the snow covered mountains all around. It was breathtakingly beautiful to a lady from the deep south. Inside, my private room was very comfortable with a bed covered in all white and slept like a dream.
When I flew back home... by myself.... I prayed for strength to go through this happening in my life without completely breaking down. I needed spiritual help from my guardian angels. I felt as if I had things to do on this Earth, but I didn't have a clue what they were.
When I returned home, I realized I would be living alone for the first time in my entire life. I was happy to discover the special computer phone line that Leigh had installed to enable her to talk with Landon was now my lifeline to conversations with my daughter, almost three thousand miles away!
I was so thankful for the advanced technology and the broadband telephone. It cost no extra to call Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Six months later, in November during the Thanksgiving Holidays, I had a candlelight dinner for twelve, including Leigh and Landon. They flew home to be with me, to visit her brothers and their families, to spend time with her ailing dad and granny.
While at my place, they decided to drive her used Honda CRV back to Calgary. She had wrecked the sports car so her dad chose a safer vehicle when she was nineteen; she was now twenty-one.
The story about the driving adventure across country including going through a snow storm on I-40, started a series of emails between Richard and me, for it was about this time, I found his email address in my cell phone directory.
CONTINUED in CHAPTER 12