Yesterday, Sunday May 11th, I helped to organize what was entitled a Community Celebration at Ten Spoons winery and vineyard here in Missoula. The event was to celebrate the community volunteers, organizers, and city officials for the efforts, care, and time involved with the avalanche that took place here in March. It was also a time to honor and remember the woman who died as a result of her injuries sustained in the avalanche.
Despite the morning snow, chilly temperatures, and gray skies dozens of folks came out for the gathering. We had live music, a free raffle with lots of great donated items, speakers, and a wonderful spread of food. The event also allowed for the display of the many many prayer flags that have been made since the avalanche, in memory of the woman who passed away. The goal is to fly them temporarily on Mount Jumbo over the avalanche slide area, which is pending city approval.
As part of the organization team during the avalanche clean-up and also for the event yesterday I was, am, and will continue to be humbled and grateful for seeing and experiencing the powerful beauty of community. In the wake of a tragedy that affected all of us on some level our mountain town came together in unexpected and amazing ways.
Life is impermanent. Life is fragile and fleeting. Life is precious. May I practice diligently to remember.