Today was my good friend, Kim’s, last day staying in Truchas—until next winter anyway. He’s been here living in and sitting Hand Artes Gallery while Bill and Margaret Franke, the owners, were in the mid west with family. We hope he will come back and do the same thing next winter. He’s made good friends up here and we all want him back.
Much of the year Kim lives in his Airstream trailer, which has been parked outside of the gallery, in the back field. I wish I’d taken pictures of it before he had his truck hooked up in preparation for leaving. It became a lovely fixture of the landscape this past winter, but I never thought to photograph it. In the last week Kim’s moved back into it, making ready for Bill and Margaret’s return. So we’ve spent lots of time watching movies in his little living room and even having pork roast leftovers (see previous post Delicious Costa Rican Stuffed Pork Roast), which were great, by the way, in the “dining room,” (which is also the living room). I’ve become quite fond of that trailer.
Kim hadn’t yet met my good friends Paula Castillo and Terry Mulert during his stay here, an oversight that simply had to be corrected. So we headed down to their Castillo Gallery in Cordova (one village down the mountain from Truchas) to pay them a visit. Paula and Terry are both amazing sculptors. Paula works in metal (and now paper as well) and Terry works with wood, carving both traditional and contemporary pieces. They also represent several of Cordova’s well-known traditional carvers. In addition to sculpting, Paula is a painter and Terry a poet—very talented, bright people. And they both teach. It’s a privilege to call them my friends.
Kim and I have formed a meaningful friendship since his arrival. We’re very similar beings and have found connection and inspiration each in the other. He recently said that I am a person who needs a certain amount of solitude, but that the right kind of interaction is incredibly necessary and vital, too. The same can be said of him. We each offer the other the “right kind of interaction.” So his leaving has been a bit sad for us both.
But we’ve been listening to a lot of David Whyte recently and in the current tape, Whyte talks about “leaving as arrival,” making the point that every leaving is also an arrival. He recommends we focus on the arrival, becoming alert to what is being born. So both of us are doing that.
And Santa Fe is not so far away. It’s true it’s not 3 minutes down my driveway, but we will continue to nurture this friendship—a great gift of the universe—that will span both time and distance, I am sure—until next winter arrives and Kim and his trailer are back in Truchas, 3 minutes down my drive.
Love to you all,