The sun shone for three days at our beach art retreat in Seaside- glorious sun, full of warmth and energy like the friendships formed and renewed.
Friday night, we made 'magic paper'. We painted a large sheet of paper that covered the kitchen island with different colors, added more paint with stamps, stencils, marks and collage. It dried overnight and we each received a couple large sheets of this wonderful, decorated paper.
When we finished, I went to put my wedding ring back on my finger and could not find it. I thought I'd put it in my pocket. I don't like to wear it when painting. My heart sank. Everyone looked for it. I went through the area where I'd taken it off- art supplies, bags, the floor.
The next morning, I went through the garbage and searched everywhere. I thought it was lost forever and I'd never see it again.
Yesterday, I went through all of my art supplies and bags again looking for the ring. I still hoped to find it. I dumped a plastic bag full of papers on the table and cur-plunk, it fell out. I was so grateful to have it back! It made me realize how much symbols like rings signify a feeling, a relationship, a journey together. From now on, my treasured ring will receive more careful attention. This keepsake meant more to me than I ever imagined.