Today's BIG DEAL was getting an unexpected package from my dyeing teacher: he sent a box of dried food (eggplant, peppers, pepper leaves, zucchini, radish, and another herb I don't know the name of) and two containers of special tea from plants of Baekdu Mountain on the Chinese/North Korean border. Plus a wonderful letter (saying that he hopes that I can get a good taste of Korea through the goodies he sent) on a beautiful card done by a Korean printmaker. I was wailing as I opened the package, b/c I had been meaning for at least a month to send him a letter (I don't think he has email) but kept putting it off. I was waiting for my artwork to arrive back from the Lake George show so that I could send something I had made out of hanji I dyed at his place as a gift. But now! There is no way to match his gift properly. I was SO touched, and reminded of how incredibly lucky I am to have met teachers like this, who truly care, even from a distance and even after time has passed. He and his wife loved that I ate their food so happily, and I remember how they would go to the mountains to pick herbs and he would dry them outside during lessons, and we would eat them at lunch, both fresh and re-hydrated.
I need to just bear down and DO things. It would probably help decrease my stress.