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Buen Camino, Laurey dear...
In May of 2013, Laurey walked across Spain.
She told us: "This was a personal pilgrimage for me, a time to reflect and get away and regroup, and, as I defined it, a time to 'live the questions.'
"I was looking for answers, yes, 'Who am I now? What does my life look like now? How do I deal with this seemingly continual journey on the cancer path?
"What might another path look like? How do I get there? How do I find my way?
"What about the fear that is below the surface of everything that I am doing now? What do I do with that fear?'"
Laurey's sisters, Lucinda and Heather, wish to send the thousands of her well-wishers some comfort, and yes, some joy about her final days. We longed for Laurey to be free of pain during that time, of course, but mostly to be free of fear.
Both of those gifts were given to her, completely and definitively.
So many angels have guarded her path during these few years of turmoil. She did find joy and release (along with her sore feet!) on those months of the Camino, and the lessons she learned held fast to her through the summer and fall.
She planned and dreamed for a future she knew might not happen, and found joy in the gifts of the unexpected days of good health as they appeared.
For now, we know that our conversations with her have not ended, and we would like to share her with you in this forum. We have the thought to bring you Laurey's Notes (from a lifetime of writing) - from the archives, from her books, from her blog of the bicycle ride across the United States, and from journals she kept but had not yet published.
Laurey the imp shines forth, and we will share family photos along with her stories, if you will allow.
She tells us: "For now, 'Buen Camino'. Oh, Buen Camino means 'have a good walk'. It's sort of like 'Aloha' or 'Shalom' or 'Ciao'. You say the same thing at the beginning and end of a conversation."
Buen Camino, Buen Camino, Buen Camino......Buen Camino, Laurey dear...!
- from Heather Masterton