All throughout my childhood and beyond, I recall how much my Mom loved having fires and how she loved to have the family gather around the fireplace. I also remember how much she loved candles throughout her home. With that in mind, it seems only fitting that in her memory, we created a gathering place with a fire-pit as the focal point of the space.
In June, in anticipation of the 28th which would have been her 70th birthday, my Dad, brother, daughter, Greg and I, along with Amy and Cecilia worked together to create the raised fire-pit and four gardens in her memory. On June 28th, we held a family gathering in her memory. Antolin led the incredibly beautiful service.
Ever since June, we have wanted to complete the space so that it has places for people to sit and gather for years to come. Last Monday, my sister Heidi, her husband Rod and their two kids, Gabrielle (17) and Zac (15) arrived in Guatemala for their first ever visit. They came to volunteer and to celebrate Christmas with us. It seemed only fitting that we, as a family, put our attention on the space created in Mom’s memory.
During this time, we have been working together to create the earth-bag benches which should easily accommodate up to 70+ people. I picture us holding all special gatherings in this space; birthday celebrations, story telling, graduations, etc. etc. I know for certain, my Mom would love this space and would feel deeply touched that so many worked so hard to put this special space together in her honour.
p.s. Last Friday we held a party in honour of our workers. We now have a wonderful place to do such things!