My granddaughter, Rachael, graduated a couple of days ago. I could go on and on about how quickly these years have passed but that would only make me feel old so instead I'll focus on the joys this past week have brought. My daughter, Lisa, flew in from Portland and my sister, Dottie, arrived from California. My son and daughter-in-law put us all up for what can only be described as one of my best weekends in a long time. To have all my children under the same roof again can only be understood by those of you who are parents of grown children. My heart and my face are still smiling.
On Friday we reluctantly dropped my sis off at the airport and Lisa came up for the remainder of this holiday weekend. We have been going through old photos, reminiscing about old times and sharing stories of what is going on in our lives now. One of the fun things was to see Lisa's excitement over some abstract paintings that I had done. She said, she really, really wanted some of them so they will soon be gracing the walls of her new apartment.
My first art teacher once advised us all not to give our paintings to our friends or family. I couldn't understand her logic until I experienced what she was talking about. She said not everyone you give a painting to was going to want it or want to hang it in their house and giving them something would only make them feel obligated to hang it even if they didn't like the painting they received. At the time, I thought all my friends and family members would just LOVE to hang MY paintings on their walls, even those early, not so good paintings. I've found over the years my art teacher was right. So, to see Lisa go crazy over some abstract paintings that I had piled upside down on a shelf made me feel good especially since my husband's comments when he first saw them was something like he'd never pay good money for them. Although I totally loved painting these abstracts and would have framed and hung them in a skinny minute, his comments led me to not try to paint abstracts again. It's nice to know these will have a home.