Thursday, November 7

the Croila challenge, coming soon!

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 all photos were taken yesterday

This morning at the park I caught up with Cat, a woman I haven't seen in a while.

We had first reconnected* at this very same spot soon after I moved to Providence.  (*Reconnected because she was a student of mine when I taught at boarding school!?!)

Yes.  One of those moments when you are looking at a grown woman with a thriving acupuncture practice, married with two almost teenage children who you knew when she was 17.  Wild.  She is ever the free and magical spirit -- brings such good energy to the world (one of the last times I crossed paths with her was the day after the massacre at Sandy Hook;  she was headed there to volunteer her services for a week).  

I remember her as a student, but I also remember a couple of letters she wrote to me from college.  (With any luck, I still have them tucked away somewhere).  When she was in high school, French wasn't her favorite subject.  Let's be honest, when I was in high school, French wasn't my favorite subject.  In fact, I quit French in 10th grade and didn't pick it up again until college.

Anyway, my point was-- I never felt that I had connected particularly well with Cat as a teacher.  And yet, in her letters to me -- she made a point of telling me how I had affected her life and what she gained from me.  As anyone who is a teacher knows (am looking at YOU, Megsie) those letters and cards when they flutter into the mailbox are like rocket fuel to the heart.

So much of teaching is moving about in the dark, the fog -- there is simply no way to know whether what you shared has brought any illumination or not.

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Anyway.  This morning.  When I saw Cat drive up, we had just finished our stroll around the park.  Daisy had already hopped into the back, and I was pulling down the hatch.

"Come walk with me," she called out.  And so we did.  The weird thing is, she is now 39.  The age difference that seemed so vast when I was her high school teacher has melted away.

And?  I learned today that during her acupuncture studies she got a master's in herbal healing!!  <--!!

Exactly the direction of study I want to go for the second half of my life.*  She even turned me on to a place right here in Providence where I can start weekly classes.

I tell ya'.  Miracles every day people.

You just gotta believe.

ALSO-- CROILA!!!!  I have seen your comment in the last post and YES!  I will be so happy to ramble on my favorite subject and perhaps even grab a couple of old ones and pull passages out to share?

Stay tuned.

bisous, e

*possibly I haven't shared this with you?  oops, my bad.  yes -- that is where I am headed.  back into the garden, people!!  xo

20 comments:

  1. Whoa! Way to slip that in, you fiery fox, you!

    I've always had a hobby interest in herbal healing and can't wait to hear about your experience as you delve down that path for the next part of your life (not second half—sounds too finite)!

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    1. fiery fox! except today it is gray and raining steadily, this fox definitely is keeping under wraps . . I will be sure to share as it is my total interest and can't imagine it won't be all I will want to talk about once I dig in. love knowing it interests you, too! xo

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  2. Whatever you do, wherever you go, I suspect you will make the absolute MOST of it and continue to shine like the star you are :)

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    1. I'm coming to SWEDEN to sit on your lap!!!! ha ha ha haha

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  3. scamp (aka Shirley)November 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    I was going to comment yesterday because your musings just sang to my soul, and got sidetracked. Today, I must comment because I just love that you are listening to your heart, and moving with it despite the fear. You inspire me!

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    1. hello pretty!!!! I haven't connected with you in so long!! how is your heart? what is the creative medium calling to you right now? sending big big love!!!

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  4. Oooohhh thank you, can't wait to read about the journalling! Looking forward to it :-)

    Very intetesting, the Cat story. And OF COURSE she wrote to you telling you how positively you affected her. Not one single reader of yours will be surprised by that. You're just that type of person. *beams*

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    1. you know what's so funn? I went to your blog today (gorgeous, btw) and YOU are no longer the young 20-something I remember--- the hell? I will always think of you how when we first met and little D was so very wee. . . . hee hee xo

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  5. Oh, how I love that CAT story. Love. You are so right about the fumbling around in the dark. Today I had a few sparks, which is good, but you never know which sparks catch fire. Unless you are lucky enough to have someone tell you. I am not surprised either. You ARE a fire-starter. xoxxo

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    1. FY-AH !!!!! *cue Sly & the Family Stone . . .

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    2. Or, The Pointer Sisters...

      I am so excited about your new endeavor, by the way. I don't know much about herbal healing, so I get to learn new stuff as you share. WIN! A whole new you to become!

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  6. Farmacy? I have them bookmarked for one of my someday maybes. >sigh< In the meantime I play & LOVE following some of the new paths you are taking --

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    1. YES !! Farmacy -- they are RIGHT. DOWN. the damn street from me!!! how did I not know they were there? I swear to you, life is a freaking storybook-- things appear just when you need them . .. big love to you-- oxox, e

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  7. Yes I am! I AM a young twenty something! I am I am I AM! *stamps foot*

    Ok... Just, trapped in a forty something's body.

    Pah :-\

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  8. Oh, and the beautiful, beautiful Christmas boxes you sent me all those years ago? I still have them. I store Christmas decorations in then and every year I look at them and smile so much, thinking of when they arrived... Oooh, stop it, I'm welling up now..!

    Will photograph them for you come December. And the name letters? Still on his bedroom door, even though we moved house!!

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    1. okay, now you're gonna make me cry!!! cannot WAIT til I am in Edinburgh and we meet for reals-- it WILL happen -- it WILL. xoox, e

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  9. So excited to hear you're getting into herbal healing - did you happen to pick up a copy of either of Holly's books during the fall session? I have her essential herbal and I'm really loving working out of it, so much so that I may try the A-Z volume next.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts as you dig into it so we can compare notes! ;)

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    1. oh yes yes!! I got Holly's big book this time last year--- she is SO awesome-- you know she offers classes out on MV, yes?

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    2. I do! I've been eyeballing them. I'd love to take the 8 weeks to work with her, but it's a long time away from home, and my husband and I are going through so many changes in our relationship right now that it's not a great time to take it. Hopefully some year, though - I loved learning from Holly, and it's hard to wildcraft in the city. Would be fun to see what I could put up in a summer on the vineyard.

      So would you recommend the big book? I can't decide between that and a different book from a different herbalist to compare approaches.

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    3. Haha, replied to myself instead of you. Thankfully you're the blog owner and will see it regardless!

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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e