There are countless witnesses to the unexplained. Some people believe in the supernatural while others believe in aliens, Bigfoot, or countless other unexplained ideas. This young mans experience and demeanor from 2006 on Snelgrove Lake, Ontario struck me as someone who sincerely believes there’s something out in the woods. It’s stories like these that have really inspired my story. Too many times we see hoaxes and stories that seem unbelievable. This one is pretty interesting. Sometimes to know something exists, do you really have to see it? What are you thoughts?
Before my Dad passed away, I recall a conversation we had. That conversation is one that keeps coming back to me over and over. We were driving in the car when we’d spotted a homeless man on the side of the road. My father commented how terrible this man’s life must be. I agreed with him, but also made the statement of how his life in some ways was far easier than our own. My father looked oddly at me (not quite understanding what I meant by the statement). I went on to explain. This man only needed to think about his basic needs of shelter, warmth, and food. He didn’t have to think about paying bills, insurance, how he would provide for another person, doing his taxes, or even social sigma’s of keeping up with the Jones. This man’s life was less stressful by his choice to simplify it. Maybe he had had some bad luck. Maybe he’d been wanting something else out of life. But, whatever made him get to this point of his life, his problems were basic. I found this idea appealing and my father just looked at me like I had five heads.
It’s been at least 15 years since we had that conversation, but I see how society is starting to come around to a more simplified lifestyle—using things we actually need and getting rid of items we don’t. This simplistic living extends and spills into everything these days. Simple foods, tiny houses, clearing clutter, downsizing wardrobes… Clearly, today it’s all about simplification. Not only do we see this trend in our lifestyles, but I’m seeing it in our relationships too. Less is more.
Time and love are more appreciated these days than material items when gift giving. Gifts with meaning and thought mean so much more strengthening our bonds between others than anything else. This past week was Mother’s Day. When I think about Mothers I think of life. With this in mind, I went with very personal gift for my Mom and Mother-in-law. I wanted to give them their life back. Youth, vitality, hope, love… all things that two widowed women lack but desperately desire. I went to work to come up with something with meaning. Thought. Something with love.
I have a friend, Gail Zuniga. She makes the most amazing handmade sterling silver jewelry and each one is very special. They are made especially for the wearer and their needs. I’ve been studying the interesting subject of healing stones. Stones that give healing properties to the wearer that aide and direct them both physically and spiritually. I felt that a necklace could give both these women just the gift they needed. Gail and I came up with stones specific to the needs of each woman and the necklaces were fashioned as the Tree of Life. The stones as leaves on the trees— fitting for both women who have given life to me. The tree also symbolized their individual lives on earth and the love God has for them. I placed a poem and the information about the healing properties in each of their necklaces within the package so they could read about their special gift that I hoped this pendent would be to them. From the earth a gift. Special and true. Simple enough for both me and you. To all women and to Mother Earth. Happy Mother’s Day.