Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Ever Bigger Story of L.....

What an amazing time L and I had this afternoon. We went to meet J, coworker and friend of my friend M. J is an artist of some notoriety. He has done some beautiful large sculptures in our area, one of which graces a commons on the campus where both he and M teach. When we first arrived, after some introductions, M and I went off to make coffee to give J and L some time to get acquainted. When we came back they were already deep into L's notebook of drawings. J was telling him that drawing was a gift of the Native people that they share, a gift of the Spirit be used wisely to express themselves. It went on in that lovely vein for over an hour. I listened as L explained and J admired the drawings he has done....on notebook paper, typing paper and actual drawing paper over the last several years...as L showed J the dream catcher he made in jail from toilet paper and blanket threads....as J talked with L about the giftedness he saw in his work, the potential, the subtle differences from one work to the next....as this accomplished artist and professor offered L the opportunity to come over and "hang out" in his studio, "play around" with his media. As J suggested yet another professor he thought L should meet, this time a Native poet he thought L would enjoy talking to. M and I grinned like co-conspirators more than once.

We could have stayed longer, but L had a job interview to get to. I think J would have been content to spend more time with him. They clearly made a connection. I have never been so happy to be superfluous in a conversation in my life. Widening circles for L. This is what it is all about. Creating a village to help support this young man into a better life. May it be so.

8 comments:

Mrs. M said...

What a beautiful day. Thank you.

more cows than people said...

Oh, thanks be to God. How fabulous!

Crimson Rambler said...

This will NOT go to waste -- what a great, great story. Blessings on you!

zorra said...

That sounds wonderful, and I'm sure it was such a boost to L, sending him into this interview with confidence and a positive mood. I'm curious to hear how this interview goes.

Rev SS said...

Awesome! Blessings to you ... and continued prayers for all involved.

Katherine E. said...

Yes, may it be so, Kate.

mompriest said...

Oh wow...wow wow wow...I love this, what a grace...one can only hope and pray that a new way of life, of being, can be internalized...and then lived.

Barbara B. said...

That is incredible! Yay!