The elevator repair has gone on a tad longer than expected. Wendy Lees and her band of creatives from create! at the Golden Age Club, have spent some time relocated to another space while renovations and such were taking place, but…now, back at home in the Golden Age Venue, the elevator is still not fixed. “Soon”, everyone hopes.
Sometimes when I read what people struggle with or what they take issue with, I have a tricky time feeling empathy. Sometimes we are each ‘devastated’ by such benign issues and so in order to withhold judgment of ourselves and the other, it is important to consider each issue as it relates to current conditions/variables. An example: We can celebrate that Target closing down can be a problem for someone because this means…their health is good…they live in a warm home…they have the food and water they require and they likely have family and friends for company and support. They ALSO have the cash in their pockets to go shopping. But let’s simply look at the very first…GOOD HEALTH.
Loretta told me that she didn’t mind me telling her story. I explained that she’s just so inspired me this week, that I wanted to try to capture that inspiration in a post! Loretta is a woman who has such a positive attitude about her life and is willing to do almost anything in order to express her creativity, whatever form that might take. All is done with a sense of humour. Over time, Loretta has suffered six different strokes, but the fact that this has impeded movement and function on her right hand side, has not stopped her from being a dancer with MoMo Dance Theatre or making paintings, mosaics and recently, papier mache! (That’s Loretta on the left.)
On Tuesday, I was witness to Loretta’s climb of the stairs to arrive at our papier mache experience and I have to say that her determination caused something more than awe in me. I guess that’s why I’m writing.
She began her bowl project, with enthusiasm…and with the use of her left hand only. By the time that the class had ended, she had applied three layers of Handel’s Messiah, in strips, to her form and with some assistance from me, applied a pedestal stand as well. We all gave one another hugs good-bye after our clean-up and one last cookie. :0)
As the story continues, Loretta came into the Golden Age Club yesterday, thinking that it was art day…looked at the stairs…and said to herself, “I just can’t do it.” She went home, she said, and had a good cry (at this point in the story, we embraced) because she really really wanted to paint her bowl.
Well…if she didn’t run into Michael at some point in the afternoon and she told him that she couldn’t get up to create! He gave her the news that, in fact, it was scheduled for Friday…TODAY!! Loretta made it up those stairs again, to her waiting project and created spectacular transparent layers of paint!
I cherish my friends at Create! and every one of us also has a story. Each participant (I include myself here) in the experience is vulnerable in their own way, but we carry on, especially cherishing good health and creative experiences that find us sharing positivity, good laughs, support and friendship. Thank you to Georgie, Michael, Brian, Marian, Patruch (can’t say it…can’t spell it…and he knows it!), Tony, Joanne, Patrick, Leslie, Nicole, Margaret and Loretta…and our other Loretta. Charcoal sketching with Gary next week!
We missed you, Wendy…but you reveal yourself even when you’re not in the room with us. See you soon!