THE ANGEL'S STORY Chapter 5
At sixteen months of age, with the danger of life and death threats now a thing of the past, I found myself to be completely exhausted. At this time I remember going to sleep.......I had an awful time trying to stay awake and could only do so, just long enough to get the basics done. Every time the children napped and slept ….. So did I. Catching up on all of those lost hours of the past year was not possible in one or two nights. The ensuing sleep was sweet, deep, dark and dreamless. Sleep was so very welcome....O' so very welcome! At that time , I could not know what all of this deep sleep meant, but I was about to find out.
Life in the tiny Village of Brentwood, was of a fairly short duration. One beautiful Sunday, we decided to take a drive out into the countryside. We started at the University of Maryland's Campus, and soon found ourselves heading northward on New Hampshire Avenue. We drove until New Hampshire intersected with Georgia Avenue...and there we were, in beautiful down town "Sunshine."
In 1969, Sunshine consisted of a somewhat funky corner gas station which sold Coke-a-Cola, Hostess Cupcakes, newspapers, gas and motor oil. Sunshine itself, is in heaven....You will recognize it immediately...If you have never been to Maryland...Well it is to me, one of the most beautiful places on earth....Softly rolling hills that slope downward into deep stream lined valleys. At the bottom of every hillside, a spring fed river or stream wanders cold and sparkling through the meadows. Honeysuckle laces the wide board fences, which border the fields, and these fields are often inhabited by chickens, pigs, sheep, cattle, ponies and horses. There are wild deer, pheasant and fox and all sorts of living creatures roaming about in this emerald paradise...... When the Honeysuckle is in bloom, the airs are as intoxicating to humans as is catnip to cats! We loved Maryland and began to search about for a place to live in the country. Bowie would have another two or three years to go before finishing his PhD (for a doctorate in American Studies) and we were determined to do it in Sunshine. P.S. Just to make sure that you can find Sunshine one day for yourselves, draw co-ordinates between Baltimore, Washington and Fredrick. They will intersect in Sunshine.