Now, I’m all set to go. I have ten days to pack a small bag. I’m planning to leave the Chinese painting on glass that I got from you. It’s too much trouble to lug around. I’ll find a good home for it so that I can visit it once in a while. I already left my vase in Jinan ten years ago, and I don’t know what happened to my other possession, an Olympus film camera. So, when I get home I’ll be down to you and Roo, if that’s all right with you and Roo.
I’m going to miss China, but I can console myself with plans for returning someday. At the same time I’m getting quite happy thinking about seeing you and doing a bunch of things worth doing in Oregon, like breathing clean air! I’m planning to become great buddies with Roo, taking her to the park when you’re at work.
These are the things I hope to do:
Writing one hundred Chinese characters every morning.
Doing some kind of service such as your reading to and befriending hospital patients.
Learning something on an ongoing basis, such as Vietnamese cooking or bonsai cultivation.
Exercising in a gym or pool regularly. Participating in sweats at a sweat lodge or a sauna.
Learning how to juice fruits and vegetables and cleanse the body.
Visiting “family” and Frederico and Scott regularly on a weekly basis, which will take months to do.
Practice yoga and bliss, and finding an educational t.v. station or dvd or website to practice & improve my yoga.
Helping turn Roo into an assured and serene pooch.
Playing in a T-ball league with seniors or little kids.