Friday, March 12, 2010


I went out to get coffee this morning with a dear friend whose husband is leaving her and her two boys.
In spite of the sadness of the situation, she looked beautiful: grounded and dewy despite -or- maybe even because of the grieving.
I am so proud of her, so at a loss for words and so I listened with my whole heart.

I came home and suddenly the boxes, the fear of upheaval and the unknown all felt like dear friends to whom I should acquaint myself often and openly:

we never known when we might be the ones to climb.
this is not ominous:
this is
for us.

Rich with dips and curves that don't show on any maps we may purchase...

Epic and yet completely pedestrian in its normalcy...

Remember today: everyone with whom you are interacting has a mountain that they are in the process of climbing: none of us are exempt...

so hug a little tighter
forgive a little more readily
and laugh at all the silly things that you can find embedded in your day
flex your feet
stretch your arms over your head

and climb.

The Climb ring is set around an incredible cabochon of pyrite and quartz, the natural curve and rough edges of the pyrite evident and proudly emulating a larger mountain.

Size 8.25 and in the Metal Shop tonight.


Alice Istanbul said...

That is beautiful, Allison (as I wipe a tear from my cheek). Both the ring and the sentiment.

Brooke said...

This is beautiful, Allison, just beautiful.

mme. bookling said...

I am so moved by this post in a way you couldn't imagine. Do you have an email address? If so, can you give it to me (candacemorrisatgmaildotcom)

thanks, a.

Amy said...

So true, Allison. I really appreciate this story and your words here. Sometimes we can get so caught up with our own lives and all that goes with it, forgetting that there are others out there who are dealing with their lown loss, grief, or issues.


Good Girls Studio said...

Soo so true! Lord give me eyes to see!

::mari:: said...

Powerful, powerful.

I am sorry for the difficult situation in which your friend now finds herself.

The ring and your words describing it are a lovely tribute to personal strength.