Since May, when my dearest and oldest friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, life has continued to bring sudden challenges, which in one moment change everything I thought I knew about “what’s going to happen next.” The way this colored her youngest son’s graduation from Berkeley and the birth of her 1st grandchild, Micah was described in my last post, “you can’t stop the waves but you can learn how to surf.
The truth is; while we were sad and angry and frightened – there was a heightened sense of the importance of our love for one and another and for all beings. There was a palpable aliveness and a preciousness we might have not have noticed other wise. We celebrated Stephen’s graduation in a park with a beautifully prepared picnic by Joey’s niece. She thought of every detail. We spent hours in that park talking about the everything and eating and savoring , dozing and laughing.
Since the the summer has brought raging wild fires to our area, flash floods and the death of two dear friends. The fires first-