Friday, June 1, 2012

New Neighbors

Posted: Friday, June 1, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, July 3, 2012

This morning (Friday) it struck me! For months I'd been praying for greater insight and help with respect to the Los Alamos Deep Democracy Open Forum (LADDOF) project with respect to "LDS and American Indian factors". Then, after months of quandary, I discover something right across the street--right under our noses!--our new neighbors may hold a key! They'd been neighbors since January, but we hadn't introduced ourselves until now nor even known their names. (Yikes!) A young LDS couple with two teen-age children!

We invited them for dessert last night (Thursday) and all came (for key-lime pie), except the dad, who couldn't make it back in time from an out-of-town trip. What amazed me most about the family's story as we got acquainted is that the dad is best friends with the local LDS bishop(!), who figures prominently in the LADDOF story. In fact the dad is the business manager for his bishop friend's medical practice. Furthermore, the dad's sister-in-law is Navajo (!), another essential element of the LADDOF story.

At Birgitta's suggestion we introduced the mother and children to the CREEI dreamwork process as a parlor game to getting better acquainted, and they all seemed to enjoy it.

Later this morning, while working in the yard, I spied the dad about to leave in his SUV and quickly walked across the street to introduce myself. He got out of his car, towering over me (they are all tall!) with a pleasant smile and shook my hand, thanking us for having his family over and making them feel welcome. I mentioned LADDOF and he expressed interest. Also, I mentioned working on a presentation for next month in which his bishop friend figures prominently. Again he expressed interest.

We'll see where it goes from here.

On June 24, 2012
Well, as of today, Sunday, June 24, they have ignored us...  That about tells an old, old story, yes?

July 3, 2012
Last weekend they moved away. Nary a word. End of story.



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