by Karen Benson
Karen Benson is an Oregon teacher, camp program staff veteran, mother of three, and wife to Alton L. Collins director and United Methodist pastor, Rev. Dan Benson. The family recently moved from Madras, Oregon, to live at the retreat center in Eagle Creek. Here, Karen reflects on the difficulty of itinerant ministry for the family and finding awe and wonder: not only in an incredible journey to witness the eclipse, but in being welcomed with open arms by a traditionally marginalized community.
I think it all started with moving guilt.
My kids were semi-heartbroken that we would be moving away from literally the best place in the country to view the eclipse, only two months before it happened. So what's a mommy who is already feeling slightly guilty about making her babies move and leave behind friends to do? Find a place where we can watch totality happen. I called Jane at Suttle Lake Camp and asked if there was space for us to stay on Sunday and Monday.
Two things, however, were looming over this decision.
First, I hate traffic. Hate it! I did not want to get caught in whatever "they" were predicting.
Secondly, I was tired. The last few weeks (months?) have been really tiring. So when I was faced with the thought of driving home after rafting (5-6 hours) on Wednesday, and then driving back down to Suttle Lake on Saturday (2.5 hours) added with possible traffic, I did not want to do it.
So I talked with Jane and asked if I could come a day or two earlier and were told to arrive whenever we needed. Relief!