After spending a year in Carrick-on-Suir's Camphill Community, a former co-worker from the USA has written a letter of thanks reflecting on her time in the Community and what it meant to her.
She said she rarely smiled before coming to Camphill but this changed during her time with the community because of the people around her, the experiences she shared and the lessons she learned.
The former co-worker sai in her first week in the Community she was given the great advice that the only way to make it work was to be happy. Before coming to Carrick on Suir she didn't know how to be happy when there wasn't something in a given moment to be happy about but before long she didn't have to think about it. She was surrounded by so much positive energy emanating from the residents that she was soaking in it and hopefully radiating it back.
The co-worker recalled her time chopping vegetables and cooking with her assistant who kept on rocking to the music of Johnny Cash, all the time smiling and dancing.
She said she would never forget going to the butchers with a resident from another house, wiping away fake tears with a female resident or playing dead for another.
The letter concluded by saying that the light her Camphill friends had brought into her life will never fade and every memory is something she will always cherish.
Her only hope is that she will be able to give back even half as much as the Camphill Community had given her.