One of my favorite photos of Jon and his donkey, Simon
Hello. My name is Barbara Techel and I am a mush bucket.
Years ago when I heard a friend of mine describe herself in this way, I knew this was me too.
What is a mush bucket you ask?
Someone who gets teary-eyed whether they are happy or sad. It comes at times most unexpectedly or in situations you wish perhaps it didn’t. Like a mid-life hot flash, it just shows up. No call. No warning. There you are in the middle of it with nowhere to hide.
We find it difficult to hide our emotions. We wear them most clearly on our sleeve, and there is quite a bit that can move us to tears.
This week my mush bucket has been overflowing.
My all time favorite author, Jon Katz, underwent bypass surgery yesterday. When the news hit last week that he would be having this surgery, I was quite emotional. Today, learning that he made it through with flying colors, had the tears welling up in my eyes again.
So some may consider this silly. All emotional over a man I’ve never really hung out with. I’ve been to a few of his book signings, enjoying his talks, and have read every one of this books.
But it is his words that have taken up residence in my heart that make me look at life often times in a different way and appreciate it in a way I may not have considered.
I’m grateful for his authenticity and honesty of living the life of a writer, alongside his artist wife, Maria. Among the chickens, donkeys, barn cats, sheep and dogs he shares a life of meaning and simplicity.
His blog has become daily food for my soul. Almost without fail I read it Every. Single. Day.
With this scare of Jon perhaps not having made it through the surgery, I thought about how hard it would be to never see a blog post from him again.
Though that had my eyes welling up for a moment, I realized that his words will always be a part of me, and the sad emotion turned to grateful.
I’ve evolved and grown because of many thoughts he has so openly shared. I feel more secure in who I am through the wisdom of his own struggles he has so bravely shared on the page and in his posts.
So, yes, I am a mush bucket. I’m glad that I am. It means my heart takes things in in a big way. It grows each time this happens. I expand to appreciate more, to love more, and to be more compassionate.
To own that with all that it is I stand in the truth of who I am. I am a mush bucket and I am proud.
Anyone else out there a mush bucket too? You are safe to say so right here on my blog. I welcome all mush buckets with open arms… and lots of Kleenex. 🙂