I’m especially thankful for a lot of things this week. Over the last few days I’ve had time with my children (a few of them), and I’ve witnessed the marriage and the beginning of a love-filled life of two of our dear friends.
As the fires rage in California, there are a lot of people in trouble, and facing loss of life and property.
Our friend Shaun continues to help his neighbors by fighting fire and holding it off with his bulldozer right along side our CalFire firefighters.
Yesterday when we headed home from the wedding, we were stopped outside of Williams, CA and told we had to find another way up the hill to Lake County and home in Nice, CA.
Instead of the one hour drive it usually takes, it was about 4 ½ hours to get home along the alternate route.
Still I was thankful. It is a beautiful drive through Calistoga and over to Lakeport and then home. We found a few little places that we will go back to someday when we feel like staying and exploring.
I was thankful to sleep in my own bed last night. I was thankful to be home safely.
Today, my daughter and family are headed our way from Chico, Ca. We are waiting to see if the direct route on Highway 20 is open again, or if they too will take the Calistoga drive.
Last week I saw on social media a piece from Travel North Dakota which highlighted a conversation with my friend and well known potter Tama Smith in Beach, ND.
Tama talked about her love of making pottery, and the influence the colors of the Badlands of North Dakota had on her work.
She talked about her patrons and the connection she has to them. Then, she told the story of a woman that had come to her and asked her to create an urn for her husband who would not live much longer. She said she made the urn, and it came out of the kiln the morning that it went with the man to his resting place. It pleased her that there was that connection with her, her work and the person.
I recognized the story, and I checked with Tama to confirm that it was in deed my late husband David’s urn.
I recall that Tama gave the job priority and that she did it with love and kindness. She created a beautiful piece using the blue glaze David had loved.
Although I could never hold a candle to Tama’s talent, I have in my own life used my gifts of speaking and writing to help a few folks.
I think that is what we should do.
If we can bring comfort, we should do just that.
So, we are home where we belong, the kids will be headed this way, and life is good today.
Be thankful for what you have and what you overcome. ■