In the fall of 2016 I got a text from my youngest son, Mark Golden. It said, “You and your sisters need to walk the Camino de Santiago. Look it up.”
I looked it up. I texted him back and said, “Are you crazy? My sisters and I are in our 60s and 70s, we’re not Catholic, and I’m not even religious. And, for that matter, why in the world would we want to walk 500 miles for any reason?” He said, “You just should. Watch ‘The Way’.”
So I did more research, told my family about this idea and we all watched ‘The Way’. Slowly the appeal of the idea grew. There were lots of wild possibilities floated by the Johnmeyer siblings, (there are actually 7 of us: 5 sisters & 2 brothers) our children & grandchildren – seemed as if everyone wanted to go, but ultimately, available time, money, physical ability and competing interests sorted the pack. We are now two old women walking: Donna, aka child 4, and Connie, child 5.
We are only five days out. Yikes! So many “what ifs,” starting with, what if we don’t meet a Joost (reference to “The Way”). I will be so disappointed.