a little girl
who was once my student
and still a friend of mine
opened up a treasure chest
to show me
one piece of clothing after another
that she created all on her own
after teaching herself to sew
and I couldn’t be more proud.
when the kinders learned that their classmate
was injured and recovering at home
they quickly gathered
to make their friend a special card
wishing her well
letting her know
in their own way
how much they were missing her.
“without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.”
-anthony j. d’angelo
oh, amy what have you done?
after a bit of an unexplained absence
and when rejoining us outside at her picnic
amy tells us that she was busy inside
setting her mother up with her old iPad
and is already feeling a bit of remorse and worry
that this choice may have created
a life-long need for her tech support
and round-the-clock calls to her
yearning for immediate answers
to the endless questions as to the subtleties and mysteries
contained within the world of apple products.
her brother quickly makes it clear
that he is hands-off
and is not in any way involved in this endeavor.
she speaks openly of her fear
while the only other things we know
that she is afraid of are mascots
though this new level of fear
may have even topped that.
we all reassure her that she is a good daughter for having done this
while at the same time privately harboring
our own personal doubts
about the potential risk/reward factor involved in her choice.
about 3 minutes went by
and this is a picture of amy re-entering her house
after she has been called in
to where her mother sits with her new iPad
and her first ‘question/glitch.’
she looks frightened and unsure of what awaits her inside.
“choices are the hinges of destiny.”
the big launch
(elton musk would be jealous)
i recently had the pleasure
of attending my dear friend’s
book launch tea party.
i’ve known her as a caregiver from way back
when i taught her 3 children
and met a kindred spirit.
just some of those she’s cared for:
a menagerie of rescued pets
a kind and funny husband
three beautiful children
who became her family
when she traveled to korea
to find them
and bring them home
a feisty (highly spirited?) irish mother
all under her roof at one time
all the recipients of her loving care
even in the most challenging situations.
all while working full time outside of her home
as an event planner, caterer, actress, and professional speaker
and she has written a book
about how to care for yourself and others
while finding your balance in that equation.
it’s a beauty of a book
full of reminders, tips, and love.
i’d recommend it for anyone
who has cared for someone, or has been cared for by someone.
ever the welcoming hostess
we shared lovely tea
among many who care
about this amazing woman.
“there are only four kinds of people in the world.
those who have been caregivers.
those who are currently caregivers.
those who will be caregivers,
and those who will need a caregiver.”
― rosalyn carter
“allow yourself a few minutes to relax with your copy of this book and pour yourself a cuppa so you can Take a Break – Before You Break.”
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