Almost two years ago, as part of CLC Coordinator training at SLU, I took part in a reflection that focused on the places where our feet had been, as a way to look at the places/people/events in our lives that have been formative. That image - of the places where my feet have been - is one that has stuck with me ever since.
As I began this project, I was wrestling with a big dilemma about what to do at the end of JVC - the classic question of "should I stay or should I go?" (Stay = Boston, Go = Missouri) I had a lot of questions about where my feet would take me next, and those questions were frequently overwhelming. Enter reason #2 for the feet pictures. On our Silent Retreat back in May, someone threw out this simple phrase, and it summed up exactly what I wanted for the next few months: "Be where your feet are." So often, I get caught up in what's ahead of me or memories of what happened before. I wanted to dedicate myself to continuing to just be present in the moment.
The end is almost here, so here is wrap up of the pictures I took, as well as the approximate location/occasion. To say that I had a lot of fun doing this would be an understatement, but it also ended up being more meaningful than I had originally imagined.
rainy days waiting for the bus / the street in front of our house
Castle Island with the ESOL students / the front steps of Casserly House
Stellman Road / Boston Harbor outside of the Aquarium
Spectacle Island / reading on the Boston Common
Charlestown / the Freedom Trail at the Bunker Hill Monument
hanging out in NYC / lazy Sunday on the balcony
fountains by the North End / waiting for the T
Boston Public Library / Fenway Park
MFA field trip during Camp / the pond at the Public Garden
a day at Cape Cod / the beach in Nahant
Oregano Field at Dis-O / my last steps on Stellman Rd.