Many of you know already Debbie has returned to the Camino. Camino de Santiago to be more specific (check out http://caminoways.com/ for more information). Her first trip there ended after discovering, very painfully, she had had a broken heel for who knows how many miles already. She struggled with having to leave the Camino then and even considered hanging out there until it healed and getting back to it. I think it’s fair to say when she returned home, and after her heel healed especially, the Camino continued to call her back.
Well….she’s BACK! And already many many many miles in!
I’ve been following her (not literally but through her blog @ www.debbielambturner.com) on this journey and have been surprised to find, almost daily, I’m flooded with memories of her when we were young (younger that is). I think it's the familiar radiance in her pictures but am not sure how to really explain it. It’s like this magnetic draw. I feel 6 years old again, jumping up and down inside, wanting to run out and go play with her. There's a pull to be with her, to just hang with her and follow her around and be just like her. It’s a feeling of intrigue, and pride in her being my sister, and a stong desire to experience what she’s experiencing but not because of the experience itself but because of an appeal to experience it WITH her. Most people who know her already know this, especially her grandchildren, Debbie has a gift of making anything fun or funner and definitely funny and safe. OK not “safe” in the "don’t run with scissors way" (cuz she might let you do that) but “safe” in the way you can totally be yourself, with all your faults and insecurities and angsts and fears and she, seemingly effortlessly and without even trying, makes you feel nourished, lighter, comforted, valuable, beautiful and so very much loved.
As I read her stories and she describes the impact the journey and people are having on her, I can imagine the impact she is having on the them and the journey. She is leaving her mark, on the earth with each step of her physical boots, on the minds and memories of those she crosses paths with her conversations and her spirit and on the hearts of those of us at home who continue to be more and more impressed and proud of her tenacity, determination, and strength as she traverses some adverse and less than comfortable conditions with grace, humor and full heart.
You got this Debbie - we're proud of you!
You can follow Debbie's journey at @ www.debbielambturner.com and I'm sure your thoughts and good wishes are welcome :-)