Rae had a special table where she would sit and smoke her American Spirit cigarettes. This is the only place at Cuyamungue Institute where people are allowed to smoke. It is outside with an umbrella to shade us from the sun. The umbrella did not function well, though and sometimes would blow away when the wind spirits wanted to have a bit of fun. So, we decided to have a structure build to replace the rickety umbrella. It was to be called, Rae's Firefly because she called the smoking area, Firefly.
|Here is the Firefly Table as it was a few years ago.|
|Another picture of the Firefly table....but where is the umbrella?|
|Looks like a tree captured the umbrella when it was blowing in the wind...|
|People enjoyed the Firefly even if Rae was not there.|
|This was also where Rae did business transactions.|
|....and of course, a place for a quick hair cut.|
Ray (my husband...we call him TR, not to be confused with Rae...Florida Rae) and I drove to New Mexico in May with a van full of items that needed to be stored at Cuyamungue. I thought Paul (the President of the board) acted a bit strange when we arrived. When I climbed out of the van, Paul came running out to greet me and ushered be toward the Student Building. I saw him get his cell phone out but my attention was drawn toward the area of the smoking area. There it was! A structure built of wood and logs from the area. A table with chairs seemed to invite us to step in and enjoy the shade. Paul was taking a video of my surprised expression.
|Here is Rae's Firefly! We wanted it to be open on all sides to get the desert breeze. I am so thankful that Paul took time to build this. He did have some help from a local young man.|
Here are some pictures of Rae's Firefly and a few more of Cuyamungue Institute. It is a place I love, the Land is a refuge for animals....four legged and two legged. I can feel Rae's spirit there, and hear her deep laugh as she tells stories.
|Here are Paul, Ray and Dave making music in Rae's Firefly|
What a wonderful place for us. It is not quite finished yet, but I know it will be perfect. We could sit there and enjoy the fresh desert air and not swelter under the sun.
And here are just a few more pictures of the Institute....just because I want to post them.
|Here is a picture of our buildings.|
|This is the May Pole that was built this year.|
|I can't forget a picture of the labyrinth!|
|Here are some of the Board Members, plus Ray, our photographer.|