Melinda & I spent last night at the home of our dear friends, Bob, Griselda & Simon Perretz-Rosales in Olympia, about a 90 minute drive from our house in Seattle (that’s them in today’s photo). I met them in 1986 with Simon (Si) was, I think, 6. Si is severely brain-injured and Bob & Griselda were looking for a college intern to assist them with their home-based therapy program. I became that intern and the experience, to understate it, changed my life.
Frankly, they are the most remarkable people I’ve ever met.
In 2001, under Bob’s & Griselda’s leadership, De Colores Bookstore was created to provide Si a place to work while bringing meaning to his life AND to the lives of others. Si has a love for languages and the bookstore reflects this, helping people learn more about their culture and the cultures of others. It’s staffed by volunteers.
I wouldn’t be able to do justice to the brilliance of this bookstore in one blog entry, even if I wrote a thousand words. Please take my word that the place is magical, one of those things that transcends materialism and ego to just make sense. Learn more here and on Facebook.