The Holly Hobby lunch box stood behind the vendor whispering. She whispered of kindergarten, and my old Holly Hobby book, and my favorite quilt pattern. Of coloring books and the bonnet I still have that my grandmother sewed for me on my fifth birthday.
“Will you take $10?” I asked meekly. With a silent question to her partner and a nod she smiled and handed me the lunch box. I began to cry, which surprised me, but the rush of childhood and innocence and fresh beginnings so moved me at that moment.
Looking at her dress and apron and her early influence on my life, is she the reason I have such a love for pioneers and the old fashioned?
Up until my twenties I had never heard that I was possibly Native American. It wasn’t until I became an herbalist that I started searching for that link. Where does my odd clairvoyance come from? Where does my innate knowledge of plant medicines come from? I know now it comes from both sides. I need to find help to break my genealogy addiction! I was excited to see that I am the granddaughter of a Cherokee chief but I am not sure what role that plays in my present life! Is the knowledge and personalities, just as DNA, passed through our grandmothers and grandfathers into us? That would seem as probable as getting blond hair from a relative through DNA. Everything that goes into forming us is so complex and fascinating. Through this journey we became involved in a wonderful Native community and place where both of us can worship. We have made great friends and I have been honored with their trust of my plant medicines.
Now standing looking out on the next chapter of our life, literally building each piece from scratch, it is easy to see what parts of us we want to use to create the next step of our life. Choosing a job, Doug made the decision to not pursue the IT field and go for something different. He has his third interview with Starbucks as a shift supervisor tomorrow. If you know Doug, he is very talented in the computer field but he really thrives around coffee and customers. He is happy and easy going and with benefits and a steady paycheck he will do great and create a fun environment for others working there too.
I know my calling and I cannot wait to get a little shop open so that folks can find me. A lot of people thought we disappeared when we left for Calhan and a lot of people have expressed excitement that I will be making medicines and being in one place where people can easily come for help. We had our second showing on the house yesterday. Everything is moving forward and as we build our life, we will incorporate gardens, and herbs, and art, simple living, and community. For community has formed us too.
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I had that exact lunchbox when I was a kid. Seeing it, I find a connection to the world of simpler times and of possibility. Every time I opened that little lunchbox, I knew a sandwich and some carrots, apples, and milk awaited. Each time I studied the picture of Holly Hobbie, I dreamt of wearing the patchwork apron and my future house smelling of freshly-baked desserts!
Is this lunchbox your new medicine bag? 🙂
I’m looking forward to following along on your journey. May your community thrive, grow and prosper!
I am starting to see through the veil at why things have occurred and how things are lining up. It is getting exciting!