Thursday, March 17, 2011

One of those moments in the field.....All because my truck broke down....


Riley: 6'6"
Noah: 6 years old

The tall and the small, the large and the tiny....

CELEBRATING the MINI continues...

remember to leave a comment to enter to win the Mini Quilts book being given away this Monday......


Today was my "Wilderness Wednesday" and I was blessed with having the truck break down in the middle of nowhere.....Truly blessed.   I am so SMALL in this world...This Zions beauty is so GRAND.....

And this is my story.... 

"Shad, with Backup, Shad, with Backup, do you copy this is Em on Channel 2...."

"Em, go ahead, I copy....."

"Shad, I am at g2 and the F250 has broken down." 

"On my way now....."

And so in the middle of a misty woodsy morning I got out a Gwen Marston treasure, String Quilts, and played with ideas and a bag of fabric I brought just in case I were to get stuck.....HMMMMM...can you tell I have done this job for years and love getting stuck?!  Quiet minutes to explore quilt inspirations.....


And the moment in the field.....soon arrived as I packed all my stuff from one truck to another and headed towards g7.......  I included my quilt above to CELEBRATE the String Quilts..... imbetween the reds of life....there are mini smidgens of color and stories....thick novels and skinny Golden Books....



The reds of my homeland RedRock and the yellows of high desert dirt....and ribbon blue in the cloudy rainy sky today.....I arrived to g7 and was warmly welcomed by the seasoned residents who know what it means when Nurse Lady in the Cowgirl Hat arrives each month......But today was different and all because my truck broke down......


See the smile that comes when connecting with people and the musical world....

Under a large brown tarp hanging from Cedar tree to Cedar tree...ashy campfire warming water and incredible staff and clients gathered around the fire...."Suzy" busting an ember with a bow drill, "Timmy" reading MAN SEARCH FOR MEANING, "Lenny" asking me if Herman Hesse is the original author of SIDDHARTHA or translator, and "Lizzy" announcing that her favorite holiday is "Shark Week".....

Lizzy:....."My pic was in Times Square....." ...."For my music and".......

Peers:...."What do you mean, Em, that you don't know she plays and sings. She is AMAZING...."

Me: "Lizzy", I have worked with you for months and never heard you play or sing...."  "Grab that guitar right now Missy and play me something...."

Peers: "Play her that song you sang me when I arrived, NO....play the song you were singing yesterday....AND play that song you wrote...."-

I knew I was in for a treat as her peers rallied and the tempo of the group took on a new electricity...

Lizzy:  "I need a minute to tune it, Em..."

And then she strummed, hummed, and sang to my soul...In the middle of the desert I cried and simply EXISTED.........Tonight's American Idol will be of glamour and one of people dreaming a dream....and I will CELEBRATE the contestants' dreams as I did in the middle of nowhere today with "Lizzy".....

And the final thoughts  of the  group of wonderful clients was about the creative process....and "Lizzy" checking in...

"I feel happy and calm when I get to play for Em.....I feel this way when.....My hope inside my control is....I feel heard....."

I FEEL HEARD! 

I FEEL!

....All because my truck broke down in the middle of nowhere...

Love, Em

PS: If you are new to my blog, I am a nurse that works with a wilderness therapeutic program called Second Nature Entrada and it is the most amazing job I could ever dream of being a part of.  18 years have passed since my first job in the psychiatric nursing field, and I am only now truly getting it.......Life and my clients are my teachers.....One thing to diagnoses a medical complaint and help heal, another to truly understand the heart of the person with the illness or aching soul.....  Thank you God!




17 comments:

Michele Bilyeu said...

Love your spirit, Em...seeing beauty and joy and love everywhere you go. You spread it among us like a gift of inner sunshine!

Sujata said...

You put a smile on my face with every single word you write. Michele said it well!

Char said...

I think the work chose you, because you are the perfect soul to handle it.
You're the best Em.

Judi said...

Thank you Em for all you do! You are a wonderful nurse!

RaeAnna said...

Em, I love your wonderful spirit!
2nd Nature is so lucky to have such a wonderful and caring nurse. :)
I remember meeting for our lunch dates, you always had your book with you in case I was late.. You are always prepared to make the most out of your time. I love it!!!!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Great post. You are a beautiful person. I bet you are a wonderful nurse.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Uh - I feel my heart expanding with all the love you project into this world. OH MY! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Patty said...

Thanks Em for sharing the wonderful story of your adventure. You are the bright yellow in the string quilt!

Janet said...

Mountains, music and a stuck truck make for mini wonders in the day... I love you for your spirit Em.

Tonya Ricucci said...

talk about making lemonade. so glad you had a wonderful book to entertain you and keep you happy. That GM Kib String Quilts is one of my favorites.

Karen said...

I am hoping that one day our paths cross. You make my heart smile.

Kim said...

Okay I'd like to win that book.....
I'd like to meet you and I like reading about your world..........you are a real pick me up on days that are sometimes heavy and gloomy in the east.

Thanks for the ray of sunshine Miss Em.
Happy sewing

Needled Mom said...

Wish I had been there to witness the event. It sounds fabulous. Guess we all need trucks to break down!

Mama Pea said...

It's nice that you can find such celebration in what could be the frustrations of life!

Marcia W. said...

You write so well -- I can envision being there and even listening to unexpected, lovely music. I also relate to trucks breaking down in the middle of nowhere and the reminder to practice patience.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

....and once again your story touched my soul.

Vesuviusmama said...

Another wonderful story of lives you touched and lives that touched yours. Thanks for sharing!