It's been a rather sad week for us...two friends unexpectedly passed away within 2 days of each other and today was the memorial gathering and ashes scattering of our friend darrell who passed away in november.
Rather naturally, I suppose, I've been thinking about grief and the deep sadness that follows the loss of old friends...and while I want to honor that sadness I find myself also looking for the joy that was present while our friends were alive and trying to remember and feel that as well.
Today was a special gift for darrell since both yesterday and tomorrow are/will be cloudy and wet, but today was sunny and bright and a beautiful day to be on the beach. And later in the day I walked by the bay and watched some tiny ducks diving and splashing around and that was very soothing and calming to me. And the pussy willows and scotch broom are beginning to bloom.
Besides the reliquary and altar I think I might be ready to do a larger piece about our friendship.
Our other two friends are too recently gone for me to do anything but grieve...I hope that eventually I'll be able to make work about them too, that celebrates our years together.
I guess what the heron was saying to me was "patience...in time what you need will come to you".