Saturday, Jas and I went down to Chattanooga to visit the folks we would have seen had we been going to support my cousin in his quest.
I had wanted to see a couple that I had liked so well from my first Sun Dance experience that we did not get to see at this past year’s. It is the son of the Medicine man and his wife that had spent many hours with me during that first Sun Dance and they live in the same area we were going to.
We also wanted to visit and were expecting to stay with the folks who were to have hosted the prayerful time for my cousin.
Sometimes thing then happen to change your plans. In Native American speak, I mooned out. (Got my menstrual cycle.) There was another person that had scheduled to come in for his prayers when my cousin cancelled, so I could no longer stay at the house of the destination. Mooning women cannot be around as they carry their own power during that cycle and it can interfere.
This would also mean that I would not get to sweat in the sweat lodge at either place – both sets of folks we wanted to visit have their own lodges.
So not being sure if we would get to see the folks at the original destination at all, we phoned the others and were graciously invited over there to stay.
It was great. We sat around and just shared stories, had a wonderful meal, she played her guitar and sang wonderfully for us and we laughed and laughed.
The area in Chattanooga is just full of hundreds of different types of deciduous trees that just create this gorgeous canopy of jungle type atmosphere. I got up in the morning and tried to find any of the seemingly hundreds of birds that were welcoming the day as I awoke and due to the height, breadth and density of the foliage, I could not see any of them.
After sharing another meal, we headed off to see the other group as it was relayed that if I kept to the house, we could come and visit. Again, we were welcomed with much love and were able to spend a few hours catching up on everyone’s lives before heading back to Nashville.
It was a great weekend for me and of course it also included the “road trip” talk-a-thon that seems to prevail.