Profile Response – Jen Walla Fergus Falls, MN

HWWLT Logo on yellowI have no idea why Jen Walla agreed to be my warmshowers host; she works two jobs, travels to Minneapolis on weekends to study herbal medicine, and contributes sweat equity to keep her rent low. But I am so glad that she invited me into her life. Sometimes you meet a person so genuine she buoys your hope for our entire species.

 

When I arrived at Jen’s house after my longest travel day, 115 miles, I was happy to rest on the front porch until she arrived from her job at Falls Baking Company, an organic bread supplier. I pulled my bike around back, Jen showed me my room, and I met her cat. Jen explained her interest in herbs, “I don’t see doing this as a profession. I just want the knowledge for myself, my friends, and my family. You don’t always have to make money from what you love.”

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Her boyfriend David came over; an ebay entrepreneur. We shared wonderful cheese, exquisite bread, and local beer. We took a walk through town. I was touched by everything Jen said; she had a quiet tone and respect for every element of society and nature, simultaneously empathetic and strong. Alas, I was too tired for a Friday night out, even in Fergus Falls, so returned home to bed.

IMG_2458I didn’t hear a sound when they came home, but a storm blew hard in the night. When I woke the next day, Jen was long gone to her weekend job in the supermarket bakery. She had moved my bike indoors and spread a big breakfast on her table, including another loaf of Falls Baking Company bread. As I ate, I marveled at my gracious host who never seemed to sleep, and mused upon her wise thoughts on tomorrow.

How will we live tomorrow?

IMG_2462“I have plans, general plans, but I don’t get caught up in the details. I try to guide my life, but I don’t determine it.”

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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