This is my last post at Elderwoman Musings, and I write it with both gladness and sorrow. A little less than four years ago, Kathleen Martin began thinking about a place where elderwomen could meet, share their art and their thoughts, communicate the lushness, colors, music and wild grandeur of the trail they were walking along together, but from far flung corners of the continent. In the beginning, Kathleen said:
“We elderwomen have each walked the earth for at least six decades and have a measure of contentment in our worn paths and comfortable shoes. We are less concerned about growing old gracefully and more concerned about growing old consciously. The images we capture with our cameras and the words these images evoke help us to live in our world more mindfully. We delight in sharing our awareness with one another and are grateful for the insights and appreciations that emerge through this communal effort.”
Kathleen, Donna and Ellen, I am grateful for the great good fortune and privilege of knowing you, and richer by far for your friendship. Wherever I go, I will remember your art, your words and your wisdom. Thank you too to Ernestine, Sharon, and Tabor who visited often and shared their thoughts. You have all been the finest of companions on this journey. May you find joy in creating, may all your lessons be gentle, and may fulfillment grace your life. Wherever we go in future, may we turn a bend on the trail now and then and find ourselves standing together in the sunlight.