Day 42: Karen O

19 May

At one point today Karen O entered my mind and I thought that I might surprise her with a pie.  And then I thought that she might appreciate a quiche more because she is a very busy woman and might need help with dinner.  As I prepared the vegetables I thought back to when I first met her and realized that I have known Karen for more than 25 years. She was a friend of my husband’s and became my friend as well.  Though we don’t see each other often, there is never a distance between us.  One of the things I like most about her is that when she asks you a question, she listens to the answer.

About ten years ago, my daughter, and a group of girls, took a course with Karen that helped them navigate the transition from being a “girl”  to becoming young women.  At the end of the course, my daughter and I participated in a Mother-Daughter weekend that Karen organized.  There were about 8 mother/daughter pairs at the workshop.  It was an emotional weekend for many of us – for our little girls were now stepping into the realm of womanhood.

I appreciated all the effort that Karen put forth to make the weekend special.  She had arranged for yoga instruction, arts and crafts, meals, and live music.  As darkness fell at the end of the second day, we were shown a labyrinth and told that we all were to walk the labyrinth and when we found our path, we were to exit.  One by one women and girls entered, walked and exited the maze.  When it was my turn, I began walking and kept on walking.  Finally my daughter, who had already walked the maze, came up behind me and asked me why I was still walking.  I told her that I could not find my way out and she stepped in front of me and told me to follow her. She then lead me out of the maze. It was one of the highlights of the weekend for me – for I felt that we were not just parent and child, we were becoming friends.

I want to thank Karen for all that she has done to recognize the importance of coming of age rituals.  In this modern world we tend to overlook them and they are too important to ignore.

 I forgot to take a picture of the quiche I made so instead I am posting a picture of me with my grown up daughter in Copenhagen last December.

One Response to “Day 42: Karen O”

  1. Alexandra May 19, 2011 at 6:25 PM #

    I love you!!!!!!

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