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Mar 5, 2012

Pata Floja

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Much has happened in the last two months. Some of you know that I had moved home April 2010 to take care of my Mom full-time. I am grateful that I had that opportunity. She was always there for me when I was growing up, and I wanted to be there for her in return. She is now out of pain and at peace. Her love, strength and inspiration will always be with me.

I have never been one to stay home for very long, so I knew I would be traveling again. My Mom's closest cousin understood this need of mine and even had a name for it: Pata Floja. Which I guess is one way of saying a loose foot or Foot Loose.

My husband and I drove all the way from Central California to Seattle, Washington and found a rental house on Whidbey Island.  We crossed from mainland onto the island by ferry.   This feels symbolic of where I need to be now: neither here nor there, surrounded by water ... rebirth.

It's absolutely quiet and I spend the day looking out the window at Possession Sound and watching the ferries and birds go by. The walks on the shoreline are meditative and the rains comfort me. This is where I will work out this transition in my life.

5 comments:

Poetic Artist said...

My dear friend. I am sorry for your lost and I know you are right about she has peace..
You are always on a journey and that is wonderful..For now I am here in my same season..Plz keep in touch with me..I have not been blogging very much..My thoughts and prayers are with you..Send me and email and let me know how you are doing.
Katelen

Kristin Dudish said...

Oh Juana, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I am sure that it meant the world to her to have you with her. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this transition...


Kristin

Tracy said...

What a beautiful place to be... to just BE. :o) I've been thinking of you Juana, and was going to write you--and then you visit my blog, so wonderful to see you. I glad you are finding small comforts during this time of change. Change can be good and refreshing. Enjoy this place you're in--physically & mentally. Do share more of this island retreat when you can. Be well... open to joy. ((HUGS)) P.S. Many thanks for your kind thoughts on the new art blog I'm sharing with hubby. We've been wanting a big joint project for a while, so will be interesting to see where this takes us!

Gallery Juana said...

Katelen, I know the season you speak of. Keeping you in my thoughts and I hope to email you soon.

Kristin, Thank you for you kind words. Each day in this peaceful place gives me new strength to navigate this transition.

Tracy, I hope to post more pics of this lovely environment. I'm trying to give myself to the just "being" part.

Cheryl said...

I love your blog, your photos, and your drawings. Have decided to follow you for inspiration. We live so close together we should get together for an art date. Thank you for following me at Sketchbook 2012 and my blog. I hope I continue to be of inspiration to you.

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