- Would I be happy in poverty? In a mud hut or
- In the cold of winter or heat of summer?
- I do not know!
- However, happiness is from within one’s being.
- As I think about this, Upper Michigan comes to mind
- And a hermitage of sorts begins to form in my mind.
- It is the place in my mind I go to find peace.
- Growing up in a village and the forests provide memories
- Rich in nature’s harmony and beauty to retreat to.
- Uncle John retreated and lived a solitary life in Upper Michigan.
- Mom and Dad bought a house and lived there simply in the summers.
- Dad would escape to it alone once in a while.
- My wife and I have a “hermitage” of sorts.
- It is her mother’s home on a lake outside of Warsaw, Indiana.
- There life is simpler and more relaxed.
- I still do not know!
Originally written: April 16, 1997
- Uncle John, Mom and Dad have all gone on to their rewards. Their hermitages have passed onto new families. We have sold our “little home” on Goose Lake to a neighbor. We have moved from San Jose, CA to Aurora, CO to a new home. It is not a mud hut. We are comfortable and enjoying retirement. I guess we are living in a hermitage but it does not feel like one. I am as busy as when I was working full-time. I do not have the answer to the question asked thirteen years ago. I can say that I would be happy with a simple and more unadorned life. I am satisfied with today.