Writing letters became a ritual for slowing down, being intentional with my words, and inviting others into my experience.
I recently read Sarah E. Stevens’ essay “Care Time” in Disability Studies Quarterly, in which she reflects on how her experiences as a care partner affect her relationship to time. Stevens’ essay got me thinking about the two years I spent as a live-in assistant at L’Arche Heartland. Stevens’ description of care time strongly resonated with my experiences as a L’Arche assistant, but I also noticed some interesting points of divergence between care time and “L’Arche time.”
Through photography, I can be connected to the past, grounded in the present moment, and aware of the future all at the same time.
The temptations to move fast when my JV year challenged me to move slow.