I’m very excited!! I don’t usually get to go out to Pine Ridge from the East Coast twice in one year. But that’s exactly what I’m going to do! And actually, within about 2 months of my last visit.
I wrote not long ago about my Lakota friends who had been waiting so long on the housing list (nearly 1o years). Finally they had gotten a house! I was so happy to get that phone call.
In the weeks that have passed since that call, my friend has changed. She is truly happy for the first time I can remember in the 6 years I have known her. I don’t mean that she hasn’t been happy about things that have occurred before. But it is different now. She is a happy person now, not just a tired, worn person happy about getting a package or seeing her grandchild.
I can hear it in her voice. I can see and feel it in her emails and Facebook posts. She has changed. I think she finally believes that something really good can happen in her life.
It’s amazing what a place to call your own can do for your soul.
They are so happy to have this home that they are planning to have the home blessed and to have a celebratory meal afterward. Of course, my husband and I were invited. But since we had just been there, it really didn’t seem to be financially possible.
A minor miracle occurred when my parents’ house finally sold and I recently got a very small inheritance. Small – but enough for me to do some good things for people and still have enough to do a few things for myself, like fly back to South Dakota for this celebration. My husband won’t be able to get the time off from work, so I’ll have to go alone. But a month or so ago, I wouldn’t have imagined that it would be possible at all. Thanks, Mom.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at all nervous about traveling that far from home alone for the first time. But it will be an adventure and there will be great joy waiting for me when I arrive.
There isn’t much more to say, except perhaps,
Sing it with me . . . http://youtu.be/3GwjfUFyY6M