May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.
~ John O’Donohue
As I continue to unpack, clean, and put away kitchen ware, I come across things I’d forgotten. You might not remember this sunflower, but way back in 2012 Duane Adams took me to my one – and so far only – RenFair where a flower seller coerced him into buying this sunflower for me. For all these years it has remained in its ceramic holder on the wall until last year when Tracy Hawkins boxed up the kitchen in preparation for the remodel. Being a man who knows me pretty darn well, Tracy saved the sunflower, and today I pulled it out of a box with nary a petal disturbed. I love the way it looks with nearly eight years of patina dust and cobwebs. It’s going back into its holder and back onto the wall where it belongs. I think of Duane every time I see it. There’s nothing dusty about my love for him.