Ah, Gracie

Dilly Dallying our lives away along the Camino.
Dilly Dallying our lives away along the Camino.

I have a Camino buddy in Australia that checks in on me. Her smile first attracted me to her as I saw it in a rush of early morning pilgrims. Somehow, I jostled over to walk with her and it paid off. Despite Kelly’s best attempts to keep us moving we managed to dilly dally our fool heads off at each and every opportunity. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

Also, the documentary shows her with me in the “collapse scene”. Kelly, Gracie and I went to Mass in this small beautiful old church. I made a scene by collapsing from heat exhaustion right in the middle of Mass. And my big claim to fame was that “I fell into the arms of Grace” right there. You will see her and Kelly (and the mysterious nurse from Netherlands that always seemed to be there when we were in trouble) in the film.

Recently she sent some pics and some words that I want to share with you:

Felipe ahead under mercifully cloudy skies.
Felipe ahead under mercifully cloudy skies.
Smelling the roses, another form of serious dilly dally.
Smelling the roses, another form of serious dilly dally.
Read below, Gracie's memories of this morning.  We were there...
Read below, Gracie’s memories of this morning. We were there…

“here are a few pics i have of you, the first from the day we dilly dallied and daudled the whole way to the next town and arrived very late too some very concerned friends (it was worth it), one of you stopping and smelling the roses, and the third from a glorious morning sunrise falling over the road ahead this particular morning i was walking with you kelley and emily i remember that beautiful orange pink light from the sunrise making me all types of happy.

what a time! so lucky


That’s the way it is for me, for us, today with a tear in my eye, love, Felipe of the Camino.

2 thoughts on “Ah, Gracie”

  1. Buenas Dias Amigo!
    Yet another “common connector” between thee and me-the irresistible lure of the female smile, the kind that lights their whole being. So much more than a “pretty mouth smile”; one of those that makes the wearer delightfully beautiful regardless of age or ethnicity or fashionableness. Your Gracie would have drawn me in like a big ol’ bass to a Hula Popper: totally hooked. It’s probably too much of a generalization to state that “Australia must grow lots of these gems”, but anecdotally, I was also rewarded by the friendship of one of these Aussie Camino Angels. Her forte wasn’t “dilly dallying”, but she could, and did, find prayer in most everything we experienced together in those long days on the Way. Bless them All, say I.

    And, regarding the heat exhaustion scene, remember the old Marine Corps axiom; you can do all the stupid stuff you want, as long as you look Cool doing it. Collapsing in Gracie’s arms would qualify you big time 🙂


    1. Juan ~ Exactly, like a big old bass to a Hula Popper. I’ll have to get my minions on findings a pic of a Hula Popper. I’m really glad you and I know what the hell we are talking about anyway. And I have said that Gracie’s smile could change the weather. And I might have to have this on my tombstone, “fell into the arms of Grace”. Alperfect, right? Felipe.

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