I just wanted to say a few words about the group I escorted this Spring.
Four of them have known each other since childhood,
growing up on the Isle of Mauritious,
which I (embarrassingly) had never heard of!
This made for quick bonding,
and those four generously
and lovingly pulled the others in,
making the walk a beautiful example
of community, and how it should work.
The first one to contact me was Paul.
Full of personality, I soon came to love his sense of humor,
and his quick wit!
Paul kept me in line.
He let me know when I made mistakes.
And I appreciated that!
His wife, Patricia,
a gentle beauty,
was spiritual, kind, and soft-spoken.
Jack showed a sensitive quiet strength.
He was even-keeled and when I needed a rock,
Jack was there.
Oh, we loved Chantal!
She kept us laughing,
and kept us fed
with her great cooking skills.
She lost her glasses crossing the Pyrenees
and had to wear sunglasses the rest of the trek.
If I could describe Jan with one word,
I think it would be steadfast.
She was strong and good-hearted,
and kept us well entertained with poetry and prose.
Gary kept us fed
at the finest restaurants along The Way.
He was another fairly quiet, but strong team member
who was always helpful.
How we LOVE Barbara!
She was our navigator,
always finding the best directions
to the next hotel.
She also kept us in stitches
with her AWESOME personality.
We had one other walker, who has requested his name and photos not be posted.
He was a quiet, but friendly pilgrim,
who never met a stranger,
a speaker of many languages,
and an intellectual who always had a story to tell.
He was another well-loved member of our group.
What a wonderful experience this year's walk was!
Thank you all so very much!
And wherever life takes you,
may you walk a Buen Camino!