Oh how I am coming to love this vessel that is not ours to keep… A beautiful reminder to appreciate each day and moment for the gift it is. Thank you, Patricia for honoring us with #50.
Since the very beginning of this wonderful project I knew that when the time came to find another caretaker for Patra 50, and that parting with it would be difficult. The vessel never made it to my home, but rather stayed with me in my gallery. In this way, I was able to share my treasure with so many wonderful artists and collectors that would never have been able to see it otherwise. It has been a wonderful few months sharing the Patra, and I am content. Patra 50 continued on it journey December 29, 2013.
We said “good-bye” to Patra #50 last week with fondness for its new recipient, Hillary Augustine, and gratitude for the time we held it in our home. I pause at the word “good-bye,” because in reality Patra #50 will be in our hearts forever. Our Patra entered into our lives in the perfect season. As she sat quietly on the desk in our bedroom, (and yes, I believe #50 is a feminine energy) she whispered to me each morning, “Enough. You have enough for the day. You are enough.”
Over the three months, she lived with us there were many trying days when I wasn’t sure what ‘enough’ even meant. Nevertheless, this Patra was stalwart in her insistent, compassionate way that all would be well.
Closely aligned with her whispers of ‘enough’ was the reminder that all things are temporary—pain, joy, light, & darkness. Each emotion weaves through our days just as Patra #50 threaded her way into our story on December 28, 2013 and carried the thread onward when she crossed into Hillary’s care (and Hillary into hers) on April 3, 2014.
Patra #50 carries with her the light I saw in Hillary’s eyes when she realized we were gifting the vessel to her as well as the momentary sadness I feel when I open my eyes in the morning and remember this beauty has moved to a new home. She carries with her the previous holder and the ones that are yet to come.
My husband Bill and I are so grateful to be a part of this journey. Even though the vessel has moved on, the memories and messages she offered remain. When I think of this beautiful project Lynda Lowe has created, I am reminded of a favorite poem by William Stafford.
The Way It Is
“There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.”
“While you hold it you can’t get lost.” Even though we pass her on, our heartstrings and lives will forever hold Patra #50.
With gratitude – Kayce (& Bill) Hughlett
Here is a personal blog post I wrote while Patra #50 lived with us:
On Blossoms & Begging for Enough
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