by Jean and Ted Lindstedt - Photos by Jane Wierengo
(note: These reminiscences of the food run have been submitted by Jean and Ted Lindstedt of Atlanta. Jean is one of the "Georgia Peaches" and attended her first food run a year ago. She adopted her Elders, Junior and Betty Ann Nez, at that time. Her husband, Ted, came along for his first food run this fall.)
We left Atlanta on Monday the 23rd of September and headed for Phoenix. We arrived safely, rented a van, and drove a few hours north to Winslow.
On Tuesday we made the Wal-Mart run to buy supplies for the Elders. I had received donations from wonderful family and friends, and this enabled me to buy snacks, batteries, scarves, and gloves as my giveaways to the elders.
First Day: I didn't really know what to do or expect, but everyone was very understanding and helpful. It was very humbling to see people with so little but who were so happy to see us there!
My first ceremony when we told about our symbol was very moving .
Everybody worked so well together, and their smiles made me realize how lucky I am to have what I have!
Second Day: Same as the first but I felt more at ease! I was very moved when the Elders told what the "horse" meant to them. I saw more of the land and what the floods had done to their roads! Where we were sorry that the land was flooded, the Elders were happy. They had grass for their livestock and were seeing plants they had not seen for 40 years. Quite a different outlook!