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The Vashon Loop, p. 4

ositively Speaking

A Sense of Journey

by Deborah HAnderson

Dear Readers... Just a note before I dash off for the day. God Graced me with an amazing set of opportunities about four weeks ago and I’m off to celebrate my journey today which in previous years I would have termed a “hooky day.”

The sky is blue, the waves are rolling in and for one whole day I’m going to enjoy the Puyallup Fair all by myself. If you have taken small children, or for that matter medium size children or teenagers to the any country fair, you will understand what a treat it will be.

Others wanted a pretty life. I wanted a genuine one. And I wanted a genuine love filled life for my children as well.

The last thing I’ll do tonight is find one ride to go on. That was our family rule and the kids never fought it. The rides were last.

Today I will look at the quilts and crocheted and knitted items as long as I want. I will not pack a sandwhich but will eat corn on a stick and have an onion burger. I will look at the cows and never notice their body functions or the size of any of their body parts. I’m going to listen to almost every vender and eat every sample. I will only walk into a restroom two times tops.

I have to do it today. Last week I saw the third set of ultrasound pictures of my soon to arrive grandson ( Isaac not Caity for everyone for whom that is the first question) and next year’s fair will involve diaper bags, a stroller, and negotiations on time and travel.

Today, I celebrate the joy of motherhood. Without children. My daughter called this morning to tell me she sent me a picture of the new kitty she is adopting. “It’s the first time I will have cared for a kitty all by myself. I hope I do OK,” she says.

Chris loved that space thing where you stand on the sides and the centrifigul force of this spaceship looking thing whirls you into a pool of butter. Joe and Caity loved the little boats that bump around in the water. Isaac...well rides weren’t his thing but he loved to watch. In our family it was OK that everyone didn’t like the same thing. Still is.

There won’t be any meltdowns at the fair today because somebody didn’t get a nap or someone else is afraid we’ll lose them. Nobody will fight about who got the larger whatever or stayed longer wherever. Truth be told? I’ll miss it. But I’m remembering all the moments I said to myself “Someday I’m going to come to this fair alone and really see it.” Today, I honor my journey, the season I’m in and the hopes for tomorrow.

May your day be blessed with a sense of joy in your journey.

Gotta go...ferry dash..

This week, I organized the things they left behind in my care. Isaac’s law books, cub scout badges and art work. Chris’s volleyball pictures, baby book, St. Ben’s memorabilia , and art work. Joe’s e a r l y p i c t u r e s , g r e e t i n g c a r d s a n d notes, and art work. Caity’s

Love Deborah

laniards, notes passed in classes to friends, Interlochen programs and art work. I will carry each one of them with me today at the fair. The eight years they were together were the hardest work and the most joy I’ll ever experience.

Tomorrow, new opportunities are flooding in. At a time in life when my peers are retiring and reaping the benefits of years of building, I’m just starting over. I love it. It’s OK.

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I was so excited last night, I spent an hour watching Oprah just waiting for time to pass so today would arrive. Jay-Z and Barbara Streisand were on. They both said the same thing. Follow your passion.

Find the Loop on-line at www.vashonloop.com.

October 2, ‘09

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Learn About Microcredit

In a world characterized by huge inequities in wealth, where a billion people live on less than a dollar a day, poverty has been remarkably resistant to all attempts at a cure. However, a relatively new tool, microcredit, has shown great promise in allowing many of the poorest individuals and groups in the “developing world” to better their own circumstances and take significant steps away from an inevitable life of poverty.

What microcredit is, and why it affords such a unique means for improving people’s lives, will be the focus of a community forum at the Land Trust building on Oct 12 at 7:30 PM. The event will feature Terry Provance of Oikocredit, one of the largest and most successful microcredit lending agencies in the world. Although the discussion will be primarily general in nature, specific information will also be available for anyone interested in participating as an investor in microcredit-financed projects.

Mohammad Yunus, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in

2006, believes that “unleashing of energy and creativity in each human being is the answer to poverty”, and his work demonstrates how microcredit can facilitate it. Microcredit has been implemented in a number of forms, and perhaps its greatest benefit is flexibility to meet the needs of the poor as they themselves see them, rather than as the typical charitable organization sees them. It combines with other economic and social concepts, like fair trade, justice and women’s empowerment, to offer an effective, local means of combating the effects of poverty, ranging from disease and homelessness, to environmental degradation, all the way to armed conflict and terrorism.

For more information on the October 12 meeting at the Land Trust, contact Dennis and Rebecca Drewes, 463-2247.

Loopy sez: Deadline for the next edition of The Loop is

Friday, Oct. 9.

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