First off, thank you so much for your comments in the last post. It’s heartbreakingly true that so many of us have had such judgmental comments from so very close by. About breastfeeding, holding our children, schooling and education, even food choices. Just yesterday I heard another story about a “why isn’t your son starting Grade 1 at age 6?” diatribe – from the woman’s own father.
It’s hard to go against the grain and step off onto a side road sometimes. There really isn’t any way to sugar coat it. But there is also such deep joy and resonance in following your heart, your spirit and coming together as a family, a simple family that works. And that is worth it all, a gazillion times over.
And just like that, our 120 year Ottawa Valley drought was over. Lots of rain the last few days, gushing forth into very dry, cracked earth. We are seeing the mosquitos again – it had been so long. There’s such a sense of relief – I can only imagine how the farmers are feeling. There may be time for greens in August yet. But so many crops have dried up, and been sacrificed in the tough decision-making that surrounds which fields get what water. When there’s oh so very little water to start with.
Everything around us still looks so brown, so parched, so forgotten. But inside there is healing and nature is finding its way just as it always does.
I read a quote from an artist who said inspiration was “dealing with limitations” and I’ve been thinking about what it means. Finding a way around drought, and fences, and hurt. Finding a road to joy and beauty and peace.
I wish you a wonderful day.