Tuesday’s blog rolls back the hours, right? I like looking back to this day last year, don’t you? I used to have a diary when I was a girl, which had 5 years on one page, so as you made your daily entry, you could read where you were on your journey the year(s) before.
So today, I thought I’d go back exactly one year from today, to 29th September, 2019.
Oh boy, did it bring me up sharp. Read on, and you will understand. This is last year’s post copied and pasted – verbatim.
A1 ALL THE WAY
29th September 2019 Barbara Gray Comments 31 Comments
Thanks for popping in! Trundling down the A1 in the white van. Big jams bumper to bumper. Way too many cars on this little island. I’m guessing somebody’s having a rough day. So whilst we sit in traffic, 2 hours in and still north of Doncaster, I thought I’d chat to you on my phone! Blogging on the go! Can you believe it? I can sit in a truck and write a blog on my phone. What a strange world we live in. Perhaps that’s why so many of us have a hankering to be creative and get with our hands. All the techno-power in the world can’t replace a good old get together with a bunch of like-minded people.
We just had a fab weekend in Leyburn with so many Clarity friends, old and new. The whole event was a pleasure and a privilege . I love our Open Days, I really do! Not only is it a perfect opportunity to hook up with loads of the Clarity gang; I get to talk to and listen to so many people, mostly women, who are just like me. At first glance you may be fooled into thinking we have little in common with one another, except perhaps the stamping or the craft. But then, when you stop and listen and watch, it all starts to unfold. You miss your kids, I miss mine. Your Mum just died, so did hers and hers and hers. Your husband left you; so did mine and hers and hers and hers. You get anxious in crowds; so does she and she and she. You are your husband’s carer; she is too, but has managed to slip out for an afternoon, like you. You’ve had cancer and are doing ok; so has she, but she’s struggling with the fear of it coming back. Your husband died and you just miss him so much; so did hers, and hers. Even after all this time, you still feel lost without him. So does she.
Honest to goodness, if you only knew. If you only knew just how much we have in common, you would be staggered.
For me, that’s probably the most important part of my job; to provide a safe, kind, creative haven for us. Where we can come together and just be part of something good and healthy.
I hope that doesn’t sound corny. It comes from the heart. There is a very powerful energy around Clarity; if you were there on Saturday at Leyburn, you know what I’m talking about.
Yeah. So as I was saying. A huge privilege to know so many good women, strong women and brave women.
Love and hugs
Packs a punch a year on, doesn’t it? Now add this year and all that has come to pass to it, and then you really see how much things have changed. But also how things haven’t.
Within our Clarity community, things may have shifted geographically, physically. But actually, we have simply morphed into a really kind and creative virtual community. We have a quasi mini Open Day gathering in the SHAC Shack, don’t we? We still come together, we still look out for each other, we still nourish our creativity. So we have managed to still achieve the same thing – but differently, so that we can stay safe.
Like I said a year ago, we are pretty good, strong and brave, aren’t we? Let’s add resilient to that list.
Love and hugs