After reading Roger Brooks’s article “Safe Harbor” (February 2009), about the Harbor Steps and how they helped him connect with his ailing father in Dallas, I just had to communicate how it resonated with me.
I formerly worked in the gaming industry and on cruise ships. When docked in Seattle, I also sat on the Harbor Steps to call my folks. The article took me right back to those many hours sitting and talking while enjoying the sun and, yes, the summersweet fragrance of the spot.
I quit my career and moved home to Coeur d’Alene two years ago to help with my Mom who, like Brooks’s dad, was also dying of cancer. I spent the last seven months of her life with her, which I count as a blessing. I am touched that Brooks’s decision to move to Seattle was amazingly the right decision, just as mine was to come home. The fact that he was able to connect with his dad in that way was probably only possible because of the distance between them. Only his dad knows the joy it brought him to have those calls and be given an inner vision of someplace other than his place of struggle.
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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