Since last week was so hectic with the Sewing Expo, I didn’t get to share some of my birthday goodies.Â One of my favorites was from my dear friend Jenna, who for 11 years was my co-worker and cohort in creative arts therapies escapades!
She is the art therapist who loves music and plays guitar; I was the music therapist who made art and loved making musical instruments. We were yin and yang, and people have asked it we were sisters on more than one occasion.
So Jenna came by with her dear daughter for a playdate, and brought me birthday goodness. This year, she made me a mini book called “The Nine Muses of Jenny.” (Yeah, it’s confusing; she’s a Jennifer and I’m a Jenny.) Anyway, in this faboo handmade book, she recounts each muse by name, and then describes how that muse applies to me.Â Or IS me.
I can’t tell you how thoughtful, poingnant,Â and sometimes funny – this book is! For example:
Urania, muse of Science – She isÂ the explorer of frontiers, unknown territories, uncharted questions, and mysteries. She endeavors fearlessly to uncover, discover, and recover what is lost, forgotton or unimagined! She is a seeker. She tests out multitudes of new products and techniques, and her dining room table is under there somewhere!
Oh, how true!
She also acknowledged the loss of both of my grandmothers in one year, along with giving up my job to be a stay-at-home mom. Yes, it was my choice, but still I mourned that loss of identity and contact with my patients. I loved being a music therapist and sharing musical experiences.Â It was Jen who saw those losses and gave honor to them.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Jennifer, for sharing, support, and being my soul sista!
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