August 19, 1999

Subject: Second series of feedbacks on August 11 and some other unrelated items


A 3rd series of feedbacks on August 11 will come very soon. I'll include a personal comment in the next one.

Here are more feedbacks. Enjoy! :-))

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000

Check also: Empathic Transmission from Machu Picchu on the Solar Eclipse and Shifting of the Ages: http://www.flinet.com/~labyrinthina/litesh~1.htm




Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999
From: ceighbree watson <cbreeluv@lava.net>

Dear Jean,

Thank you for the opportunity to write down some of my experiences during
the August 11 event. Here in Hawaii, i lead a Sophia Communion, a
communion of milk and honey, to celebrate the return of the Mother. These
communions are celebrated at the equinoxes and solstices since 1998. The
liturgy speaks of the wedding of the Queen of Heaven and the Christos, and
the re-membering of the earth and all her beings into the divine family of
Light. It was evident to me that a communion needed to be on this date
(aug. 10th here), that a portal would open and that our vigil would last
from the beginning of the eclipse until its completion(around 2:30 am on
aug.11th). We began the communion around 10 o'clock pm and were
meditating by 11:06 when the portal opened. What a glorious experience!
Some of the gnosis that came to me was that we were experiencing the
wedding, the wedding feast, and the wedding night of the Christos and his
Bride, Sophia, the Queen of Heaven,and the conception of something
magnificient and glorious. Nine months from then, under the configuration
of the Star of Jerusalem, we will be born again. I don't "know " what this
means.

During the meditation a number of us experienced a small golden light,
like a diamond, conceived inside of us. I haven't had the opportunity to
speak with all involved, but so far all have experienced this...and I
didn't mention this until they mentioned it first. The first to tell me of
his experience was my husband. You'd have to know him to understand the
glory of this. He is a very private, practical spiritual man.

Since then, I have been experiencing "waves" of intense energy
accompanied by a shift in myself, and if I am working with someone when
one occurs, I feel a shift in them as well . My capacities and abilities
are increasing. My attatchments are decreasing. I feel ELECTRIC. And I
feel an INCREDIBLE amount of Love (as in Substance, as if Love had form
and Being, not just an emotion) and Peace and Joy. And this isn't a tenth
of it...I can't articulate more. We ARE the ones we've been waiting for!

In Her service,
Aloha,
Ceighbree




Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999
From: Elohim <elohim@powerup.com.au>
Subject: Did Anything Happen?

Am I still here ?

Well, despite a magnificent sunrise on the 11th here on Queensland's Gold
Coast, sharing a wonderful prayer, song and Paneurithmic dancing with
beautiful fellow travellers, followed by 3 hours of spiritual astrology
lessons discussing the power of Uranus (how appropriate), the relaxing
evening spent with just Suzanne and I in front of the open fire, nothing
happened !

And yet, there has been a growing difference in our lives over the past few
weeks. Almost a feeling of wellbeing and gentleness rather than a tangible
sense of something new. Nothing I see around me expresses anything other
than Peace. Is it just possible that we have shifted into another space or
dimension?

Even the work (connotation is completely out of context now) of creating
our bi monthly Journal which used to take three weeks of solid effort, we
have almost completed after just 8 days of perhaps 3 hrs a day and then
only working when we feel like it. How did that change occur?

We are finding that if we seriously require something, it appears in hours,
sometimes immediately. Why/how? Our personal relationship with each other
is deepening and we thought it was already excellent. We haven't balanced
the bank statement for months now - there is always enough for what we
need. Paying the printer used to be a nightmare, now it just happens
without effort.

A month ago we lived in a two bedroom city townhouse, the view over the
computer screen was the backyard fence - now we sit in a beautiful home,
high above a magnificent lake that streches as far as the distant hills.
Kangaroos graze (on the weeds can you believe) among the rose bed and
brilliantly coloured parrots screech through the veranda. How did this
all come about?

No. It didn't happen suddenly on the 11th or 13th, this incredible new way
of living sort of crept up and expanded into consciousness, or did we just
expand?

I do believe that as we change within and expand, our environment mirrors
those changes - we look around and what we see is definitely proof that
something has happened. Clearly, others in the world are having different
experiences. Perhaps the answer is that those 3rd, 5th and higher
dimensions that we discuss so blithely are really only perspectives of our
own personal earthly experiences in the moment. Perhaps the dimensions all
run parallel to one another and you can jump back and forwards at will.

This must be the "change of mind" as talked about in "The Course in
Miracles ?" Suzanne and I have somehow changed our minds to allow another
perspective and created the shift in our reality.

In which case we now know that we can choose who, where and how we want to
be in any moment. A new way of being.

So something did happen after all this week.....we noticed.

Roger.

PS. One thing is for certain, if dealing with all of these wonderful physical
manifestations of our personal "stuff" is getting you down and you need a
"pick-me-up" try frequent doses of P'taah's Gratitude Prayer. There is no
better food for the Soul and and you're guaranteed to receive instant
recovery of well being and love.

THANK YOU

Thank you for the love in my life.
Thank you for the love which surrounds me
every day of my life.
Thank you for the Love that I am.

Thank you for my perfect body.
Thank you for my health and vitality.
Thank you for the miracle of life that I am.
Thank you for the gift of life I see reflected all about me.

Thank you for the abundance that I am.
Thank you for the abundance which the Goddess earth reflects to me each day.
Thank you for the river of money which flows to me
and flows through me.
Thank you for the ease and comfort of my life.

Thank you for the wondrous possibilities and probabilities.
Thank you for the beauty and harmony.
Thank you for the joy.
Thank you for the laughter and the play.

Thank you for the adventure of my life and thank you for the wonderment.
Thank you for the peace and the tranquility.
Thank you for the Peace that I am.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
P'TAAH

Please come and view our web site:

http://www.powerup.com.au/~elohim/




Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999
From: <kay.stoner@mindspring.com>
Subject: More personal feedbacks about the August 11 meditation

Hi Jean --

I've read about the bands across the sky that intersected with the path of the eclipse on Aug 11 and just wanted to add that when I was meditating with my friends on that morning at Marconi Beach on Cape Cod, I could clearly see gray striations in the sky, moving in a north-south direction. Looking at pictures/maps of the bands that were seen by astronomers in Cornwall, I'm pretty certain they were of the same nature -- the orientation seems to be the same in each case -- north-south.

Has anyone else out there seen them? They were quite dramatic.

August 11 was pretty intense. My partner and I rose at 1:00 and drove out to Cape Cod to meet a friend, and were on the beach by 5:00 or so. Didn't see the sun, since it was so cloudy, but the whole morning, there was an intensity that was very trippy. Did a lot of focusing on Light and tuning in to the earth. But it was so intense, it was a little challenging to hold a consistent thought the entire time. Just nestled back into the arms of the sandy beach and took it all in, while anchoring light. Also, we walked a labyrinth we drew in the sand to specially attune to that place. I'd recommend it for anyone. What really struck me, along with all the other trippy stuff, was how much trash there was in the sand -- everytime you turned a corner, there was another celophane wrapper or cigarette butt. We cleaned as best we could...

The energy has seemed to sort of "dip" a little bit over the past few days (or maybe I just ran out of steam, what with all the excitement ;), but it seems to be picking up again for the Grand Cross tomorrow. I'm spending more time paying attention to specific little everyday things I need to be doing on that day to make the most of the energies -- a day which will find me at work among colleagues, going about business "as usual" (not!), instead of being outside, protected on the beach. There is much to be done!

I wish everyone an excellent and uplifting August 17-18 and beyond!
Peace
Kay
kay.stoner@mindspring.com
http://members.aol.com/SageWithin/




From: "alishaa k asakura" <fengshui@aloha.net>
Subject: Aloha express the beauty of your spirit from Alishaa
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 1999

Dear Kindered Spirits...., During the eclipse which was from 12 am. to 2:00
am in the morning..here in Hawai....I watched it through the Nasa Web
site....I have an environmental Harmonizer from the Earth Transition Web
site..which very much acts an antennae...with the sacred Omm Cd playing off
my computer...for 48 hours continous...during the 10th and 11th
days...connecting to all the light workers around the world...

the last time I was present at a solar eclipse, in Honolulu, Hawaii, it was
not as dramatic as the one I observed
ON AUGUST 11.through the Nasa web site....will you give me an insight to
what you have experienced there in England...It showed me there was a
tremendous surge of solar flares at the right moment behind the shadow of
the moon..It was I would say, much much more intense that I have seen it
...here..in Hawaii back in the early 90's.the light flare behind the shadow
of the moon was 60 percent IF NOT MORE intense...at the moment of solar
energy flare we were protected by the moon..If you have any insight to this
please let me know. there is an interesting perspective to this at a web
site of the astrological evaluation. I feel it would be interesting for
all the lightworkers to focus on the sun, helio chart, instead of the EARTH
geomancy astrological chart being in the center of our Universe....WHEN YOU
LOOK AT THIS CHART WE SEE THE GRAND TRINES OF THE CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS...IT
IS WONDERFUL....

THE SUN, AFTER ALL IS THE HEART OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM....CHECK THIS
OUT....any input and insight to this memorable day will be
appreciated....please pass on.....web page
http://www.ping.be/the-dba/eclip/Pages/astro01.html

Eclipse 99 Doorway to Divine.

Mahalo, Alishaa K Asakura fengshui@aloha.net




From: Richard Vines <lykan@clubmet.metrobbs.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999
Subject: re: world earth healing day

i wrote this on august 13th:

today i woke up after sleeping only 4 hours, the same thing happened yesterday. this sort of thing hasn't happened in a long while, and i can't help but wonder if it's somehow connected to world earth healing day, which was on the 11th. i've been keeping the same sleep schedule and everything, too. but i definately think it affected me, and from what i've heard from others, there were MANY people participating, and i could sense everyone joining in, all of us acting as One.

yesterday i felt this thick density come on, i don't know if it was an energy "rebound" after all of the love energy we collectively radiated out on the 11th... but, i didn't really let it affect me, and after a while thought to directly connect with the GodForce - and *felt* Its awareness, and it was AMAZING feeling God-Awareness shatter the density i'd been feeling... :) it never ceases to amaze me, when i experience that sort of thing - i just zipped right out of it.

my inner critic has been mouthing off a lot lately, whether at myself or others. i've done fairly well in handling it, though sometimes i've almost found myself judging it, but stop myself before i do, and instead love it as a parent would love their unloving child. it can be so nasty, malicious, prejudiced, and immature, it's amazing...

i had a sort of intuitive awakening last night, and directly experienced in a way just how different my personal reality is from that of those around me. it's as if i suddenly felt the contrast the way you would gently rub your finger along the edge of a knife. it's been easy to forget at times how much more limited and confined my thinking and reality was earlier in this life; that surprises me a little, considering how quickly i've expanded in physical linear terms.

in loving Oneness,
richard




From: "Mick O'Neill" <mick@wellhead.force9.co.uk>
Subject: my feedback on the eclipse
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999

Jean,

Many thanks for your emails.

May I please pass on my experience of the eclipse.

Stay 6 & fire on the up roll!

Mick O'Neill, England

God Closing The Curtains to See How Bright Humanity's Light has Become?

11th August 1999, 10:55 am Chelmsford, Essex, England - the start of my
experience of the eclipse, although I suppose in a way the experience
started earlier than that. For some time I had been loosely planning my
eclipse activity I had planned to go sit in a park near where I work and
meditate. I had also given some prior thought to the deeper content of the
eclipse. Perhaps it symbolised the commonly held illusion of the separation
between the pairs of opposites the false belief that we can have one
without the other. Yin without yang or vice versa. Peace without conflict.
The darkness on Earth resulting from an eclipse does not mean that light
has been eliminated.

I called a planned business meeting short and pedalled off to the park as
the eclipse started. Through a cloudy sky the eclipse could be seen without
great risk to eyes what better conditions could there be to view an
eclipse?

The day before the eclipse I had received a letter of thanks for
subscribing to a magazine called The Sunlight Journal - a magazine that
had for a while gone off the air but recently come back in response to the
call for "action by lightworkers". Enclosed with the letter was a flyer, a
world wide call to support a Silent Minute at 11:10 GMT to send a prayer to
the Sun:

"Source of my Being, help me to live in Peace,
And save my Home, the Planet Earth".

The flyer also reported that the prayer would be mirrored back into the
waters of the earth, the memory bank of the earth which will serve to open
the hearts of humanity.

I added the prayer to my meditation at the eclipse. This water element
followed into the eclipse itself - the eclipse being viewed through water,
the clouds. A powerful symbol in this dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
At 11:10, I recited the prayer and came into contact with massive energy.
Something definitely happened at the eclipse. As the eclipse begin to wane,
I physically became aware of two activities. Firstly that a large black
bird, a crow maybe, had circled above me in great agitation during the
darkened moment of the eclipse. Secondly that, as the eclipse lifted, all
the nearby birds let out a dawn chorus until then I had not noticed how
quiet the birds had been during the dark and cold peak of the eclipse.
By 11:20 the clouds had begun to disperse (their job done) and an afternoon
of glorious sunshine rolled out. Note that for most of the two weeks before
the eclipse the weather was hot and very sunny (record temperatures)
leading to 4 days of cooler very wet weather just prior to the eclipse.
Back in the office I was moved to write this note and the following
thoughts as they occurred to me.

There will never be peace on Earth, if we see peace as the absence of
conflict, until we each and collectively have served our divine purpose.
Meanwhile, our very existence will cause conflict. This morning walking to
work you say trod on an ant. That ant can no longer act out its life your
action conflicted with its action. While we maintain a degree of
independence (which presumably we must until we are at one with all there
is, all that could be, all that will be and all that never will be until
we are perfect until we are not we!) we will "conflict" (act in
opposition) to that which we are not (other people, lifeforms, ideas, etc).
Peace without conflict is the ideal perhaps if we all could at the same
instance accept the oneness of all then such peace would materialise and
maybe our divine purpose would be served. Perhaps that is why we have the
gift of meditation and service (maybe those two themselves are too often
taken as a pair of opposites?). It is in meditation that we can reach our
highest being, oneness. Meditation alone may not bring full oneness unless
we enter meditation with understanding. Understanding comes from
experience. The quality of experience is dictated by knowledge and will.
Real will and light comes from the inner being the inner being is closest
in meditation. The greatest experience is service to that which is higher
than the server. The value of experience is greatest when it is undertaken
by as much of the one as possible and when it is taken within to the inner
being - selfish experience is of limited value.

All this is approached by the novice in a systematic way meditate, plan,
serve (right-directed experience), review, meditate and so on. Those that
have stepped higher do all of those at the same time the result shines
out from them (no longer recognising separation between the opposites).
Back to conflict. Let us all meditate and seek to hold the poise of
meditation throughout all our thoughts, feelings, words and action. Let us
serve to seek to understand our purpose (individually and collectively)
through meditation and to act out that purpose in our every thought, word
and action to take the experience of that activity as feedback into our
ongoing meditation and service. In this way we will take the optimum path,
the middle ground, the balance that opens as one the pairs of opposites.
The path of minimised, controlled and acceptable conflict. Then They may
say, "humanity is love in action".

Mick O'Neill - in a new light.




Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999
From: Constance Demby <cdemby@gte.net>
Subject: Women Rising - Gaia Birthing

Women Rising - Gaia Birthing

Just a note here today, to say that many women have reported
unusual swelling and bloating of the stomach area during this
time in August. Many of us went up several sizes, and many of
us went out and bought new clothes to accomodate the swelling.
(items like stretch Levis, tunics, elasticized pants, long vests.....
including: wanting to wear dresses, wanting to look more like a
goddess, wanting to wear more color instead of black all the time....)

I kept saying to myself, I'm pregnant with the album. When several
other girlfriends reported the same phenomena, I surmised that the
women in tune with the earth, and connected to Gaia's recent birth,
were all giving birth at the same time with her.

Did any other women experience this?

Goddess bless us all...........

Warmest regards,
Constance Demby
http://www.portalmarket.com/demby.html




Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999
Subject: FW: Report on the Eclipse
From: "Jonathon Seward" <jcward@netspace.net.au>

Aloha Jean,
This came from a friend on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria,
Australia...

Felt it needed to be distributed..
Jonathon

From: Hilary Allen <hilary@c031.aone.net.au>

Lynn Townsend rang from Adelaide. At 8.35 pm, her group experienced exactly
the same phenomena !
(i.e. stillness, icy cold, no stars at all, strange winds, people getting
very sleepy suddenly. etc. ) Amazing !! Have you heard of any others ???

We had a wonderful time at Cape Schanck.
Sunset saw strange cloud formations as if the cloud material was being
whipped and shaped by forces other than the wind.
two spirals formed turning into the centre
which was the setting Sun...eerie and magnificent !
We actually experienced the void completely. The Milky Way was blazing
from horizon to Horizon as we began at 9.00.

By 9.45 pm, there was not a star left in the sky.
No cloud cover.
No stars from horizon to horizon. Ink black. Stillness. very cold.
We stood at the cliffs,
looking into total nothing.
The Light beams from the Lighthouse hit a blank wall,
and reflected back like a sheet.
Strange gusts of wind roared around us suddenly in little staccato
bursts through the night.
It rained in the wee small hours and cleared by Dawn..
The next afternoon saw the sea and land
and light, clear, cleaned, renewed, vibrant, alive
and all sparkly and peaceful.

'Shavrill' (Shamballic Emissaries) came through, and trotted around the
rocks and pathways with us. They set the Seal for Shamballa across the lowest point of the little peninsular. A Light shone very brightly in a perfect circle on the water, we knew it was not the Sun.

The cloud formations formed like Rishis observing and overseeing.
Shamballa is here, just one dimension away now.

Blessing and Blessed indeed !!
Love, Hilary & Co.

PS Two whales appeared just before Sunset on Thursday, day after the Eclipse.




AND HERE IS ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL LETTER RECEIVED AND A MOST BRILLIANT MILLENNIUM *HUG* IDEA WHICH YOU'LL CERTAINLY WANT TO SHARE WITH OTHERS

From: h2k@pinoymail.com
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 1999
Subject: A MILLION HUGS FROM THE PHILIPPINES

Dear Jean,

A Million Hugs from the people of the Philippines!

I hope that you and all that you love are well and in the best of health. Before I continue, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Johnathan "Nath" Libarios Rondina. I am twenty-seven years old and I teach Communication Studies at the University of the Philippines in Manila. Some time early this year, I sat down with some students who were then in the process of forming a socio-civic organization.

As we were running through a list of possible projects, the idea of THE MILLENIUM HUG dawned upon us. What if, we thought, we developed a campaign that would encourage people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world to consciously hug as many people as possible as a SYMBOLIC GESTURE OF OUR UNITED VISION FOR HOPE, PEACE AND LOVE IN THE THIRD MILLENIUM?

We sounded off the idea to a number of our close friends and the response has been most overwhelming. Heck, if an obscure computer glitch like the millennium bug (Y2K) can cause global hysteria and force governments to shell out billions of dollars then why not the idea of the Millenium Hug which is absolutely free and painless? We have since referred to this project as [H2K] The Millenium Hug Project: Embrace the Future With Hope, Peace and Love and we are currently laying the groundwork for an extensive multi-media campaign.

I came across your web page through the course of my research for [H2K] and I
was deeply moved by your vision of a Millennium Gathering of people from all over the world. Reading your work gave me a profound sense of spiritual communion. Though in front of my computer, at that moment I felt somehow directly connected to you and the rest of humankind who long for a world where peace and understanding reign supreme.

I now write to you to inquire re the status of your projects and the other projects of the Earth Rainbow Network. Also, I would very much like to enlist The Millenium Hug Project under the Earth Rainbow Network. We are prepared to adopt the projects of the network and promote them in the Philippines as well as among our friends and contacts elsewhere in the world. Also, we are currently working on our web site. Would it be possible for us to include yours as one of our links?

I am looking forward to hearing from you. Please let me know if there's anything we can do for you from this end of the world.

Yours in Peace, Hope, and Love,

Johnathan "Nath" Libarios Rondina
email: h2k@pinoymail.com/nathron@yahoo.com/nathron@cmc.upd.edu.ph

Snail Mail:

Broadcast Communication Department
2/F Plaridel Hall, College of Mass Communication
University of the Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City
PHILIPPINES




Date: Tue, 10 Aug 1999
From: catherine tilley <tilleycatherine@yahoo.com>
Subject: Global Healing

My name is Catherine Tilley. I am the founder and executive director of
The Institute for Global Healing. The Institute prints a publication
called The Feminine Voice. Currently this publication is providing a
global vehicle, for the sharing of personal experience, so that we may
learn from the richness of our differences, work together to educate
and empower humanity, end global violence, hoplessness and despair and
heal the earth with our feminine touch. Also in production; The Voice
of the Wise Man; The Voice and Wisdom of the Elders; The voice of Our
Children; The Voice of our Teens; The Voice of our Planet.

We are here to support you and the healing light you continue to send
to us all. Send us your information and mission statement, as well as
any information you feel must be shared with the world in order to
expedite the process of global healing.

In order to begin healing globally, we must first have a vision; see
our planet and it peoples as it was intended to be; clearly see the
goal and believe that it can be acheived.

The reason I am contacting you is because we need your help. It is time
to manifest the vision! Empower our natural abilities to create miracles!

Would you please answer and present to your network the following two
questions and ask that they respond to tilleycatherine@yahoo.com

1. In detail, how do you picture a "perfect world", the world at its
best, your greatest desire for ourselves, our children, our global
communities, our planet?

2. What action do you feel is needed in order to "begin" global
healing?

I thank you for your immediate response and I wish you days overflowing
with laughter and magical moments! :)

Catherine Tilley
Institute for Global Healing
8880 Rio San Diego Dr., 8th floor
San Diego, Ca. 92108 USA
Tel (619)286-4503 Fax (619)585-8230




AND FINALLY, THIS EXTRAORDINARY AND YET SO SIMPLE AND TOUCHING TRUE STORY...

Date: Mon, 16 Aug 1999 23:13:28 -0700
From: Colette Fields <coreofdiscovery@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: Fwd: A Sandpiper to Bring You Joy

A Sandpiper to Bring You Joy

She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where
I live. I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever
the world begins to close in on me. She was building a sand castle or
something and looked up, her eyes as blue as the sea.

"Hello," she said. I answered with a nod, not really in the mood
to bother with a small child. "I'm building," she said.

"I see that. What is it?" I asked, not caring.

"Oh, I don't know, I just like the feel of sand."

That sounds good, I thought, and slipped off my shoes. A sandpiper
glided by.

"That's a joy," the child said.

"It's a what?"

"It's a joy. My mama says sandpipers come to bring us joy." The
bird went gliding down the beach.

"Good-bye joy," I muttered to myself, "Hello pain," and turned to
walk on. I was depressed; my life seemed completely out of balance.

"What's your name?" She wouldn't give up.

"Ruth," I answered. "I'm Ruth Peterson."

"Mine's Wendy... I'm six."

"Hi, Wendy."

She giggled. "You're funny," she said.

In spite of my gloom I laughed too and walked on. Her musical
giggle followed me. "Come again, Mrs. P," she called. "We'll have another
happy day.
"
The days and weeks that followed belonged to others: a group of
unruly Boy Scouts, PTA meetings, and an ailing mother. The sun was shining
one morning as I took my hands out of the dishwater.

"I need a sandpiper," I said to myself, gathering up my coat. The
ever-changing balm of the seashore awaited me.

The breeze was chilly, but I strode along, trying to recapture the
serenity I needed. I had forgotten the child and was startled when she
appeared.

"Hello, Mrs. P," she said. "Do you want to play?"

"What did you have in mind?" I asked, with a twinge of annoyance.

"I don't know, you say."

"How about charades?" I asked sarcastically.

The tinkling laughter burst forth again. "I don't know what that is.
"

"Then let's just walk." Looking at her, I noticed the delicate
fairness of her face.

"Where do you live?" I asked.

"Over there." She pointed toward a row of summer cottages. Strange,
I thought, in winter.

"Where do you go to school?"

"I don't go to school. Mommy says we're on vacation." She chattered
little girl talk as we strolled up the beach, but my mind was on other
things.

When I left for home, Wendy said it had been a happy day. Feeling
surprisingly better, I smiled at her and agreed.

Three weeks later, I rushed to my beach in a state of near panic. I
was in no mood to even greet Wendy. I thought I saw her mother on the porch
and felt like demanding she keep her child at home.

"Look, if you don't mind," I said crossly when Wendy caught up with
me, "I'd rather be alone today." She seems unusually pale and out of breath.

"Why?" she asked.

I turned to her and shouted, "Because my mother died!" and thought,
'my God, why was I saying this to a little child?'

"Oh," she said quietly, "then this is a bad day."

"Yes" I said, "and yesterday and the day before and-oh, go away!"

"Did it hurt? " she inquired.

"Did what hurt?" I was exasperated with her, with myself.

"When she died?" she asked with such an inquisitive and concerned
look on her pale face.

"Of course it hurt!!!!" I snapped, misunderstanding, wrapped up in
myself. I strode off.

A month or so after that, when I next went to the beach, she wasn't
there. Feeling guilty, ashamed and admitting to myself I missed her, I went
up to the cottage after my walk and knocked at the door. A drawn looking
young woman with honey-colored hair opened the door.

"Hello," I said. "I'm Ruth Peterson. I missed your little girl today
and wondered where she was."

"Oh yes, Mrs. Peterson, please come in. Wendy talked of you so much.

I'm afraid I allowed her to bother you. If she was a nuisance, please,
accept my apologies."

"Not at all-she's a delightful child," I said, suddenly realizing
that I meant it. "Where is she?"

"Wendy died last week, Mrs. Peterson. She had leukemia. Maybe she
didn't tell you."

Struck dumb, I groped for a chair. My breath caught. "She loved
this beach; so when she asked to come, we couldn't say no. She seemed
so much better here and had a lot of what she called happy days.
But the last few weeks,she declined rapidly..." her voice faltered.

"She left something for you... if only I can find it. Could you wait
a moment while I look?"

I nodded stupidly, my mind racing for something, anything, to say
to this lovely young woman. She handed me a smeared envelope, with MRS. P
printed in bold, childish letters. Inside was a drawing in bright crayon
hues-a yellow beach, a blue sea, and a brown bird. Underneath was carefully
printed:

A SANDPIPER TO BRING YOU JOY

Tears welled up in my eyes, and a heart that had almost forgotten
to love opened wide. I took Wendy's mother in my arms. "I'm so sorry, I'm
sorry,I'm so sorry," I muttered over and over, and we wept together.

The precious little picture is framed now and hangs in my study.
Six words one for each year of her life - that speak to me of harmony,
courage, undemanding love. A gift from a child with sea-blue eyes and hair
the color of sand--- who taught me the gift of love.

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The above is a true story sent out by Ruth Peterson. It serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to take time to enjoy living and life and each other.
Life is so complicated, the hustle and bustle of everyday traumas, can
make us lose focus on what is truly important or what is only a monetary
setback or crisis. And one more thing, we're not in this life alone.




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