After quarantine, I moved into Franklin House, built in 1804 with original intention to serve as room for weary travelers, equipt with stables for horses to stay in too.
What a trip…
One of my absolute favorite parts of Franklin House was the glass house located in the yard, overlooking the pastures… M&M built the glass house out of antique glass windows and lot of love. It was strung in lights, with only the most unique and sweet decorations swinging within its see-through walls. I spent a lot of time there, watching the sunsets and lightning bugs, playing ukulele, singing, reading, and spending time with the sweet and perfect friends that would make the journey out to see me.
Franklin House was chosen to be the house that villagers (people with disabilities, to refresh your memory) struggling with weight issues (on either end of the spectrum) would live in. It simultaneously could only be for high functioning villagers because of the independence factor of being farther away, meaning more foot and/or bike travel, and therefore inadvertently having more solitude.
At Franklin House, which by comparison to the rest of the village was considered a smaller house size, there were 6 people living there: M&M (the house holders), V (a fellow short-term volunteer), A, C, and D (3 villagers). After V left, another short-term volunteer came, G.
*** using initials as to not totally give away identities…
I have only beautiful things to say about these people. The impact they had on my life was monumental. My house-holders had one of the sweetest love stories I had ever heard – though it isn’t mine to tell here. M&M were a beautiful combination of tough and sweet, rigid and understanding, comical and serious. It was beautiful getting to know them, both together and separately.
V was one of the toughest, most resilient people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The more her story unfolded to me, the more admiration I developed for her.
A was very mechanically inclined and independent, loving to work on machines and build things in his free time. He had a lot of catch phrases too, and sometimes I still find myself repeating them, with only the highest amount admiration and love.
C… What can I say about C? I try not to play favorites… But if I had to pick one, it would be C, haha. She’s a phenomenal human, being gentle, sweet, genuine, and a lover of all things pink. She opened my eyes to a lot of fundamental things about life. She holds a special place in my heart.
Oh the mischievous D – she had such a quirky sense of humor and quite a big personality. I loved spending time with her, and found myself surprised several times at how crafty she truly was.
G and I shared some deep, tear-filled laughs together, as well as late night cookies. We didn’t share space for too long, but I’m grateful for the time we did have together.
How could I have almost forgotten one of the most important individuals living at Franklin House?
Franklin the red eared slider (turtle)!
Like the description said, this is a short one.
With Light and Love,
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