I am heading east again this morning. Leaving the sparkling waters and green slopes of Vancouver to return to big sky country.
I love this city. The greenery, rich verdant hills, flowers andthe water. Definitely the waters.
But I love Calgary too. Big sky. Wide open spaces. The Rockies lining the horizon. The prairies rolling away into yesterday far to the east.
My roots are there. Dug into the prairie soils. Planted deep at the edge of the Rockies. Most of my adult life has been lived in Calgary. My family, friends, community is there and I am grateful to be going home.
As always though when I leave this beautiful city I have mixed feelings of joy and sadness, especially now that I leave my eldest daughter here. This is her home. Her city, she says. The prairies have lost her, but I never will. She is always at home in my heart.
It has been a quick trip — but very worthwhile. Time in the sun, by the water, with people I love.
It makes a difference. Getting away, kicking back, spending time walking and talking and just being together.
Today, while at Lonsdale Quay, I bought several peace bracelets from a woman from Tibet. We talked about peace and the need for it in our world. We talked about women and our voices and our need to use them wildly and passionately in our world. And we talked about freedom.
“I have a gift for you,” she said as I paid her for the bracelets. And she disappeared into her stall, came back with a package wrapped up in paper and handed it to me
“This is for you,” she said. “So you can make peace in the world
I opened the package and inside was a beautiful carved amulet with a dove and Peace on Earth carved into it.
“May I give you a hug?” I asked.
She smiled, nodded her head. We gently wrapped our arms around eachother and we stood, two women, making peace.
It made a difference, that hug, her gift, our connection.