Le Onze, Avril. Today marks eight months since my Darling Momma Passed away. It also marks two years ago that I popped up to Paris to surprise a friend who had been gifted her first visit to France, for her Birthday...
We know that there have been many artists throughout the course of History, who determinedly carved out their path and left their indelible mark on the World of Art, without one bit of encouragement from friends or family. However, I am not one of these. Any mark I might have left at the end of my life as a Painter, will be due wholly to those that believed I had the chops, the gumption -or both- to give this way of life a go.
The two people I've reflected about most today, have some significant things in common. My Mom, Joanne, and my longtime friend, Ginger, would be described as both God Fearing and effervescent. The two are alike, in that they are magnets to those around them. These women have grabbed God's Word like a footstool onto which they climb in times of darkness or difficulty. Until her Alzheimers had progressed, I don't remember a day of her life that My Mom didn't CHOOSE an attitude of Joy. She laughed easily, unabashedly shouted Praises in the company of anyone, and was never embarrassed to give credit to The Lord for all the good in her life. Ginger rushes to the side of anyone in need, supporting all equally with warmth, humor, and genuine consideration. She always, ALWAYS, puts others' needs before her own. She lifts those who are low, and completely delights in another's victory. Ginger is the true embodiment of selflessness, and ever faithful.
The fact that both these people have supported me during my endeavor to stay my course these past (nearly) three decades, humbles me. Neither Ginger nor my Mom, ever wavered in their belief that regardless of the upward stages they witnessed in my career, that the best is yet to come. They have shared their visions with me regarding where they believe I am headed, both certain that the road God has carved out for me, still holds tremendous blessing, beyond what I have experienced so far.
I always say that God's dreams for us are bigger than our own. But I could not have dreamed in a thousand lifetimes, that I would have had two such remarkable women, to daily support and encourage me along the way.
So I wrap this day of reflection, grateful for these two wonderful influences in my life, knowing that their belief in me has shaped me and propped me up, more than either of them could know. As for all those Artists that have steadily stayed their course without such encouragement, I can only say I am blessed beyond measure, that I have not experienced the challenge of counting myself among them.