“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.” ~ Henri Matisse
This morning I was thinking how hard it is to believe six years have passed since I introduced my award-winning memoir to a group of Girl Scouts who were earning their “scribe badges”. In order to show the young girls what “One Day in the Life of a Writer” is like, I set up a replica of my desk in their meeting room complete with all of the things which I surround myself for motivation. Each of the Girl Scouts in the troop I visited was given a gift that day – a gigantic paper flower just like those I wrote about making in my memoir.
Little did I know the impact I had on the Girl Scouts until about three years later when I received an unexpected letter. The letter lifted me up in so many ways and made me feel as if my life as a writer mattered. You see, five days previously I had lost my mother, and eleven days after receiving the letter, my father passed. Many days surrounding those two life changing events, I wrote about on this website. I was their primary caretaker and it helped me process the grief I was feeling.
Tomorrow being the third anniversary of my Dad’s passing, he will surely be in my thoughts. But, spring always heralds in feelings of hopefulness and new beginnings. So, on this first day of a new season, on the vernal equinox, I made some self-created joy and brought extra color into my life to make up for slim pickings of flowers in the yard this time of year. Happy Spring Everybody!
“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.”
~ Rachel Naomi Remen, MD