One day left, that is all that is left of my stint in Silver City, New Mexico. It seems like only yesterday that I was brought here by Maritza. It had only been a couple of weeks before that day that I was even introduced to her through a friend on YouTube. She stole my heart from the first hello and I knew then over the phone that my life would never be the same. It was because of her that I was able to meet this wonderful little town.
So there I was, traveling in a stranger’s car, a kind-hearted trans woman who had offered to take Maritza to the hospital that I was staying at which was four hours away in El Paso, Texas. There I was in a body brace and neck brace, sitting kind of crumpled up in the front seat as Maritza cradled my head from every bump and turn. We made our way into this sleepy little mountain town in New Mexico just as the sun was starting to go down behind the Gilas. I could not turn my neck to take it all in and although it was cold, I could still feel the warm embrace of this beautiful little place. That warmth came in the form of many things. One of those was in the kindness of one particular guy who was actually a local pastor. He had pre-arranged a place for me to stay at no charge. It was an assisted living facility which not only gave me a room but also fed Maritza and I for three days.
This town has always been like that. Some of the kindest people with some of the biggest hearts is what you will find in this quiet place. I will never forget it’s rugged beauty and it’s healing flow. This is a place where you can focus on getting better and where you can concentrate on listening to what it is that God is trying to tell you. Not to mention, some of the most spectacular sunsets, landscapes and skies that you will ever see in your life. They say that New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment and I cannot say that this time in my life has not been anything less than enchanting.
Ah Silver City, you are truly forever going to be worth more than gold to me. I will always have piece of you in my heart. I came to you broken and you have helped to put me back together. From your quiet canyons to your dazzling night skies, Silver City, you have captivated my heart. I will indeed miss your unassuming way and your simple sense of being. You are a timeless place and you don’t have to ask me, I am sure that many others would say the same exact thing. I will miss your warmth and your healing breezes but I know that my leaving is going to allow for another broken soul to be taken in by your kind and gentle embrace. Thank you Silver City, you are forever with me…