Occasionally I will tell my husband that I am practicing being flexible and he ought to take advantage....yes sometimes I can be inflexible...he's always tolerated it well. Lately I have been practicing being open to new experiences. I find that I can sometimes stay small, not venturing out of my comfort zone, not opening myself up to new experiences. But as I age, I fight that urge and try to remain open. A couple of weeks ago, I met three former Facebook friends in person and it each experience was enriching.
So today when traveling down the coast I took the time to visit Cynthia Newcomer Daniel a Facebook friend whose beadwork I greatly admire. And again I was rewarded with a wonderful experience. Cynthia and husband Dan were lovely hosts, inviting us into their Paso Robles home and
Kandra's bead shop in Solvang California. I taught at Kandra's shop many years ago and when I walked in and she recognized me, let's just say it was a magical moment for me.
We connected deeply and I was so pleased to be there. We exchanged memories and new connections, me asking her about her friendship with Kerrie Slade an English beader whose work I adore.
We also shared the sadness of Melanie Doerman's early death. She passed away this past week. I didn't know Melanie well but remember her sweetness at a Bead and Button Show meeting. I always admired her beadwork. It brought forward the fragility of life, and the fragility of love. I feel so for her husband whose loss must be deep.
Marcia..this is the first I've heard of Melanie's passing. What a tremendous loss. I only took one class with her but wear the piece it inspired frequently with great pride and pleasure. Are we as a community doing anything? It does remind us of the fragility in all of our lives.
Marcia, I was so glad that you and your husband stopped by - we so enjoyed meeting you! Dan doesn't get to "geek out" on talking energy very often; it's a passion of his, and he learned some new things yesterday.
I need to get down to Kandra's soon, it's been awhile.
me gustan tus piezas con tanto colorido
It was a wonderful surprise to see you and I don't want it to be so long until I see you again!
You have no idea how much your stop ment to me, thank you so much for the wonderful hug!
Our lives always seem to be crazy but I know for me I need to start making some time for my friends because you never know what life will throw at you!
I love you!
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