by Dolie Joe, from Alibis and Amethysts, a Crystal Shop Mystery by Sharon Pape
I’m Dolie Joe, Kyah’s mother and Daniel’s grandmother. Sometimes I think I have lived too long. The world I was born into bears no resemblance to the world today. I know that in life nothing stays the same. Life and change are two sides of the same coin. When you stop growing up, you begin growing old. But when I was a child the changes came more slowly. There was time to adjust to something new before the next new thing came along. In the last few decades, things have been changing far too fast. I haven’t tried to keep up with any of it, because I believe many of these changes are not for the good. The old ways kept our spirits close to the natural world; the new ways pull us further away each day.
I come from a long line of medicine women, but my only daughter, Kyah, has chosen to ignore the old ways and live the modern way. Because of her choices, she possesses none of the abilities she should rightly have inherited from me and from those who came before me. Our line may very well end with her. It is a personal sadness for me and a great loss for our tribe. My one remaining hope is Daniel. Though our men have never been spiritual healers, a few have carried the abilities and passed them on to their daughters where they took root. I pray Daniel may one day have a daughter who will carry on for me. I know I’ve already said I’ve lived too long, but in truth I also worry that I will not live long enough to impart all of my knowledge to this child. I’ve been trying to teach Daniel what I can, so that he can be her teacher. Sweet boy that he is, he visits with me when he can and does his best to understand all that I explain to him. Perhaps he is just humoring an old lady, but I sense an honesty of purpose in him and I am rarely wrong about such things. He recently introduced me to a young woman . I don’t know if she’s the one meant to walk beside him, but my intuition tells me that she is a good person even though she is not Navajo. Daniel has not given me any reason to believe that they are more than friends, so I must bide my time and trust that what is meant to be, will be.
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