Here at the Sitka Campus it has been a bit of an unexpected day.
A trip to Portland was planned, and I was ready to hit the road with two other residents heading to a photograph show, some arts-and-crafts shopping and a visit to the Japanese Garden.
But as I was unawarely walking down to the estuary to say hello to the water before leaving (we had some very bright blue patches in the sky today), a tricky slippery floor had made other plans and just provided one of my trip mates with an injured wrist..and a quick run to the closest hospital.
I realize how much our small residents-community here feels like family to me, as I now look back to my day -and see how it was all spent in worry and preparations and the wish to have-give company, be useful, share the different narratives of this unexpected day… until finally (at least for me) making a bit more sense out of it by concluding it all together, over a pot of fresh minestrone, home made bread and banana cake.
And that was not the end either!
As we headed back home we watched the forest inhabited by a new surreal magic light, of an almost full moon smiling in the clear sky, shaping out the trees down to the edge of the water and dancing on the ocean waves.
It filters through the moss-covered branches like a thin fabric of light, wrapping shapes in a subtle and sweet touch, making night into anther world and view.
It amazed me, how much more it resonates with inner perception, than daylight does… shadows, white indirect light and reflections, stars and misty rays – this is how the Inside World looks like, I thought.
I guess this is just a personal vision, and it may vary widely from one person to another.
But It reminded me of the little research on trauma I did during my studies, and the fact that telling the story of a traumatic event helps in getting over the trauma itself.
Shaping the narrative, connecting the dots..a bit like seeing the connections between stars, as we search for constellations through a bright sky.
And so it was today; on the moonlit estuary, with this unexpected day of moon and stars and dots to connect inside, as we possibly shaped it into a new constellation of memories for all of us to share.
I wish all you readers bright skies tonight! May the snow moon walk with you and your dear ones.