Although I don’t consider myself a christian in the traditional sense any more, I have a few incredible friends who humble me with their faith and spirituality.
Continuing my series in honour of the wild women in my life, may I introduce you to Grace and Klara.
Grace is a yarn-lover, a giver, a warrior. Grace and I first met when Eldest was an energetic, bouncy-ball of a two year old! We knew in an instant that we were going to be friends. She continues to love me, my girls and my man with a depth that just astonishes me. She is funny and wry and has the most beautiful mahogany brown eyes.
Grace walks with suffering. Her body is limited but her hope is limitless. She weaves kindness into every stitch of her crochet or knitting. When we sit together and share lunch (soup, of course) she never fails to ask all about the little details of how the girls are doing. I feel so loved when I spend time with Grace, and she brings a peace with her that’s hard to fully put into words.
I am so glad that in leaving the church I didn’t lose Grace.
Klara is an artist, a lover of tea and beautiful fairy cakes, a pioneer. For me, she is the epitome of an adventurer – both in her work for which she travels all around Europe, and in her life as an artist.
Over the years Klara and I have prayed and talked deeply. We have eaten the most delicious pizza. We have shared with each other our wildest hopes and dreams. Even though Klara now lives in another country, I will always picture us in her bijou terraced house sharing tea in china cups. There will be rose-scented icing on tiny cakes. There will be flowers artfully arranged on the table and I will sit and admire the most beautiful iridescent capiz shell chandelier.
Klara rides a red bike, she paints, she writes, she loves. When we speak on the phone it’s like we are just there, sitting under the shell lampshade and delighting in our friendship. I still miss spending time in that bijou little home, but our conversations never fail to leave me exhilarated and ready for the next adventure.