Today Ken attended a celebratory luncheon for our dear friend Dave...who has just finished his radiation and chemotherapy journey at "Five Guys Burgers". I think just being able to laugh and share stories with people who love one another and support each other as they fight their biggest challenges ...cancer. I found reassurance and a sense of peace ...just knowing that Dave is celebrating and still here.
I went to Dawes Arboretum to work with an art group from the ADD adult group from Columbus. We made their journals for their memories and activities shared during the next 6 or 7 weeks. I worked with a young energetic intern named Katie who is in college for early childhood education. She has received a grant ...for her summer's contributions to the multitude of workshops and studies and summer camps. We had six adults who worked in the very first planting of the new accessible garden outside the Zand Education building here at Dawes. The brick work pave way and assorted raised beds will bring such delight to those who have been left out of gardening because of the wheelchairs and other physical limitations. On July 26 there is an official reception to celebrate this incredible collaboration of people who are creating a community that is one with Nature.
We made our journals ...Katie punched the holes and we all worked together to tie them together with soft, colorful yarns. Jennifer was hesitant about doing any painting, she was afraid of getting messy...but I had a trick or two up my sleeve. We created mono-prints using soft garden colors dropped onto plastic wrap and then they folded them in 1/2...opened them again and gently printed them using the palm of their hand to create layers of colors. The images were exciting...and we talked about making tee shirts later in this simple but exploratory technique with Jenny the director of education for Dawes. Mike was in a wheelchair but with some assistance from his aid he created a garden's delight. Jason and Raymond worked carefully with Miss Jenny whole the other traveling aid Miss Ash created with little Mary in the purple tee shirt. I think when you see the photos ...before my batteries died...these wonderful gentle souls were pleased with their creations. Next week I will be with Ken for him marker implanting surgeries but the group is going over to the Japanese Garden to explore and write and sketch. I am going to bring watercolors on the following week to stamp Japanese images I collected back in 1990. See I do realize my"art stuff" is an enormous collection but you never know where the path will lead you. I found myself studying their gentle eyes filled with trust...and I realize how much they have given to me.... their intense participation and ease of creating an abstract image ..but seeing the beauty in each others colorful explorations. I have been blessed.
the dream is realized...last year this accessible garden was just in the planning stage...