The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. Joseph Campbell
I started this project with a quote from Parker Palmer…
Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.
And that seems to be what I am doing…
Yesterday I spent several hours cleaning the little cottage in my brother’s backyard before he rents it to a quiet single young man. This little cottage is located in what was once our family’s backyard. We called the “cottage” a guest house then. My grandfather lived in it for a short time, my musician brothers held band rehearsals in it at different times, and it served as a storage unit for me after I moved home from Mississippi. My father was the first to rent it out…to a guy with a messy parrot. Lots of history here.
Needless to say it’s a mess.
But several weeks back I helped my best friend clean her new science classroom. The former occupant was not nearly as neat or organized as Cathy, so I became the recipient of a crash course in being neat and organized just trying to keep up with her.
It’s what I now bring to the guest house/cottage.
And do I need to state the obvious? It’s being rented to a quiet single young man. Ten and 1/2 years ago my only child, a quiet single young man, took his life. I guess I’m just still trying to mother.
- Who I Am (itstartedwithaquote.wordpress.com)