Sun Valley September 1996 *** Larry spent the summer of 1996 doing Clinical Pastoral Education at Rexx Hospital. CPE is a requirement in a seminary education. It demands 55-70 hours a week, working with the dead, the dying and the grieving. This job pays nothing. What’s worse, you have to pay them to let you do it! And you have no time left to earn money. This work is very emotionally draining, which made it even harder for Larry. The other interns were mystified that he worked off his emotions by building an 800 SF deck at home during his off hours. The deck had just been completed at the end of August and Larry was about to begin his next stage of seminary training, as Vicar at Good Shepherd Lutheran.
We needed a vacation, but we were broke. Larry’s sister, Dory, offered us a vacation at her camp, in ‘Sun Valley’. The only trouble is, Sun Valley is in Connecticut. So we packed up the car and headed north. We took our dog Travis with us. He was a good traveler. Anywhere we went was home to him. The camper was very comfortable. All the kids had disappeared, probably to return to school, leaving only the middle aged folks, who were very friendly. Fall was in the air in early September. The foliage was just beginning to turn. We took walks and lots of pictures.
*** We had only been in North Carolina for 4 years, and it was nice to experience autumn in New England again. While we were there, we had a date with Dory, who drove up from Enfield, to take us to Coventry, to Caprilands Herb Farm, where we met Adelma Grenier Simmons, author of “The Silver Garden.” Caprilands had a nice little restaurant, where we had lunch, made from things grown right there in the garden. Larry loves being in farm country. It reminds him of his boyhood. He would have probably loved to jump on that tractor and start it up. ***