I woke up, drank my coffee, and checked my email. As I did so, a good friend and colleague from Sri Lanka (actually her technology savvy daughter) instant messaged me asking if I could Skype. We have not laid precious eyes on one another for a few years and I was in a sleepy eyed, jammies, hair-fairy'd, needing a shower kind of place so I suggested Skype in 15 minutes and she accepted. I downed the rest of my coffee, jumped in the shower, dressed and dialed up. Rohani's voice soon filled our kitchen :) and Leo and I told her about our lives here in the States now...fishing and taking care of elders, studying and trying to save money...she understood and could relate on many levels and it felt good to share these realities together. We showed her our tupperware of dry lentils, a staple in Sri Lanka and luckily something we loved loved loved to eat. The fact that we still eat it totally cracked her up and we let the cadence and sound of her voice and laugh soak in. Rohani. What a gift to spend a little time together this morning.
All clean and dressed so early in the morning on a Sunday, I decided to head for P-town to St. Mary's, lil church right by the sea. It was the first Sunday of advent and the bishop was visiting. I. LOVE. HER. Poetic presence, sings during her sermons, has mastered the art of the quiet moments between words, elicits nods and groans from her audience, and most important of all, channels inspiration to open our hearts and minds and lives ever wider to better love one another.
And so it was that I sat down to write that paper, all filled up inside from my morning...and so it is that I have finished at this reasonable hour. I'm headed for bed with a book for class.
Sleep come soon for me and for you~