It's been an overwhelmingly busy time. I've agreed to 2 more teaching engagements (details to follow in the coming weeks) and I'm working on samples for those classes. I've visited a local high school to speak; a wonderful, happy experience of being in a high school classroom again. (My BA is in Secondary Ed.) And on a sad note, a friend who is like a member of the family has been deported leaving behind her husband and 3 little ones. Why does the joy always come hand in hand with the sorrow? I'm supposed to be writing Christmas cards but my heart is like a heavy stone. And John is in worse shape than I am; this is a family who has been like our own.
All of these lovely things came in the mail; as if the universe is doing its best to add some cheer and love. It sets me off again. On the one hand we have the heartless bureaucracy. And yet, with that, we have friends and kindness to mitigate the unjust things that can happen. Handmade cards. I feel so inadequate. I can't even seem to get the ones off that only need addressing. Today it seems like others have it together. At this moment, I do not and I want so much to be able to give back and show my love in a material way.
I have to share this piece of amazement from Kelly Snelling. From the moment I laid eyes on it my breath was taken away. What love she has showered on it and on me. Kelly, you bad girl. You are making J-Dawg weepy! (thanks, Pilar, for the hood nickname. I like it. It makes me feel tough.)
Open that and inside are 2 little gifties. And Jesus tape. Can I tell you how much I love the Jesus tape? OMG, I want to wrap my studio in that.
And inside one package are these. Which I coveted. And (hee hee) got. I feel like an Egyptian princess in them. I feel like I have goodness and beauty dangling from my lobes. I do. It is surrounding me and making me feel loved.
And a beautiful ornament for the Christmas tree. Look at this.
Hope is the Bluebird that rests in the heart. This is the best thing of all. To remind us that we must never lose hope or faith that things will right themselves in the end. So today I am feeling loved, feeling the love I have for others and nurturing the hope I have for all the people in the world who are struggling with economic and political injustice. I will do all I can to help and I know other decent human beings are doing the same.