Edna: A Model of Generosity
She welcomed us into her home, offering a beer
We quickly accepted, it gave us good cheer
She said she loves her pilgrims; in all she does her caring is there to see
Whatever she has she will share freely
She has never walked the Camino, but she is a pilgrim just the same
The Camino found her, supporting pilgrims is her primary aim
She arrived in this place largely by happenstance
She bought this house, she was really taking a chance
She brought us food and drinks a seemingly never ending supply
She shared information about what’s ahead; local knowledge you just can’t buy
She was curious about our cause, asking us questions while we wrote
Telling us about a personal connection, taking careful note
Dinner was both generous and flavourful
We enjoyed it all, we left the table full
She welcomes pilgrims who drop in late in the day
And invites others to drop in for coffee she always has something to say
In France “acceuil” means make yourself at home
And she does it so well she inspired this poem
Breakfast, too, was generous and tasty
A change from the typical French pastry
She charges very little for the abundance she offers
She’s not here to fill her coffers
So imagine our delight when we were ready to leave
She offered us a donation, we were so thrilled to receive
She waved us out the door as we walked down the road
Our hearts were full as away we strode
We hauled our tiring bodies onto the highway for the final 5 kms into town. We both commented that this part of the day, after all the hills up and down reminded us both of Neil and Ken’s photos from their respective walks in Spain and Saskatchewan this summer:)
Strong winds in our faces.
Arriving into town we found a happy place...a grocery store!
Our home for tonight, on the top floor! Almost as good as our camping experience!
...now to post and walk back into town for dinner. We have the gîte to ourselves, though we have caught the groups in front of us today.
Individual Journeys: this morning we met a man walking the other direction. He had walked from Arles to Santiago and is now walking back again...he has been walking for three months. Many of our friends and family have express admiration for Geoff’s epic journey which will hopefully take him to Santiago. While my journey is shorter, in the end it will be longer than the Camino Frances and will be my longest walk. All of these could be seen as epic journeys. The people we’ve met on this walk have varying destinations and timeframes, some are quite short, while others are much longer. Some are taking the walk in segments returning year after year, some are satisfied which a portion of the walk. Whatever the timeframe or the destination, for each it is a journey of significance. The Alzheimer’s journey is also an individual one; unique to each person and their circumstances. For some the journey is long, with many hills and valleys, while for others it is short and intense. Some who’ll have many supports, and others will “walk alone”. Those providing care also have their own unique experience. The difference is we have chosen our Camino journeys, but I have yet to meet anyone who would willingly choose a journey into Alzheimer’s.