This week I will attend opening receptions for two of my shows, one on Thursday at the Kemmerer Library in Harding, the other on Friday at the Johnson Education Center, D&R Greenway Land Trust, in Princeton. That is, if I manage not to injure myself–say, by trying to slam shut the passenger door of my car before my head is out of the way. That’s right: It was stupid. But accidents do happen. Blood kept gushing forth, instantly soiling the handful of paper towels I had grabbed from the kitchen. Shit, I thought, I’ll have to go to the hospital. Distraught, I walked over to my neighbors’ house.
What happened next was nothing short of miraculous. This family of three–mother, father, and their eleven-year-old daughter–sprang into action, offering calm, soothing words, a drink of water, more ice, pain killers. My head was examined (as it should have been long ago) and after the cut was deemed “not that deep,” it was disinfected and dressed in gauze, which made me look like a World War I veteran. What could have been a harrowing evening spent in the emergency room turned into an evening that I can only describe as “fun”: I played games with the daughter, a lovely fourth-grader with the patience of an angel, while her mother fixed me a lemon drop–the drink, not the cookie; meanwhile, her husband had volunteered to drive all the way to the airport to pick up my husband and his sister, who were returning from a trip. There seemed to be nothing my neighbors wouldn’t do for me to ease my discomfort. Such kindness is rare. I was touched by it, and will always be grateful for their care and compassion.
Dear S….y, N……s, and S….a, I thank you for an unforgettable evening. Owing to your generosity, healing power, not to mention crisis management skills, I won’t be wearing a hat at the openings. Hats off to you!
Kemmerer Library, opening reception: June 18, 5:30 – 7 pm
D&R Greenway Land Trust, opening reception: June 19, 5:30 – 7:30 pm