“Individuals do not meet by chance. They are necessary in the experiences of others, though they may not always use their opportunities in a spiritual way or manner.”
A woman called out of the blue at the beginning of last week and left a message on my phone.
“Hi Julie my name is Pamela, I’m currently in the Laurel Highlands and I have a six-year-old son who I would love to bring to your farm and visit your alpacas and see anything that’s involved in you know making wool. my number is xxxxxxxxx. we’re only here for this weekend and we have so I’m hoping we can come sooner than later. if there is like you know even tomorrow there’s an opening um or even later on today or we can come on Friday um we’d love to come by and check it out let me know thank you bye…”
That’s how my phone transcribed her message. After finishing my chores, I called her back to set something up for later on the week. I have to say that we had a lot of balls in the air last week and a farm visit was hard to squeeze in, but we did and I’m SO glad we did! What delightful visitors and I think God knew that I needed to meet her. I felt like I’ve known them forever. Do you ever meet people and think that you’ve met before? Here’s Pamela.
So why do I share these things with you and what on earth do they have to do with alpacas? Alpacas and the whole field of fiber and textiles have led me to, brought to me, and introduced me to a world of interesting people, places, and philosophies on health, healing and peace.
I’ve learned so much from others traveling in the fiber community. Alpacas and studying the fiber has taken me there. It’s been great for our marriage and whether our son realizes it or not, that summer we spent at an alpaca seminar in Oregon when he was 11, (instead of at Disney, or somewhere like other friends) was a once in a lifetime education. Maybe we did kind of home school. He ended up with a degree in philosophy and the ability to think things through.
Everyone we’ve met through our exploration of alpacas and their amazing fibers have added something positive to this experience. I studied textiles, had my own dressmaking/tailoring business, worked at a wonderful designer fabric/tailor supply shop where I was introduced to the alpaca fabric, and it all brought me to having some here, so that I got real hands on, toe up experience from beginning to end.
Back to Pamela, her 6 year old son, Xander, and alpacas. They had visited the Mountains in Peru where alpacas, though domesticated for thousands of years, roam. Though Xander had spent a good part of his 6 years in Peru, Mom Pamela shared that they live mostly in the rain forest when in Peru, and though he was familiar with alpacas, it was when he was younger. Didn’t matter. They took right to him because he did what I asked. He remained calm and he just blended right in by chatting and asking questions. He didn’t reach for them or chase them. He let them explore him first. They’re a bit like cats and in no time, he was friends with them and exclaiming how soft they were and marveling at their huge eyes. They were letting him touch them. What wonderful visitors!
Next they wanted to see the process of making the fiber into a finished product. Xander was all in and I think if you know Xander, you may be getting some hand made gifts from this ingenious 6 year old. What a treat for me! I have ideas for things I didn’t see before because of them! God does send you who you need to meet. If you’ve been reading this for a while, I’m in a little bit of a creative block. Not anymore thanks to these two.
Here’s Xander with a felt bead he made. He went home with lots of supplies to make more.
Have a blessed day!