When I signed into Blogger, I noticed that I have had 99 posts. This 100th post is a hard one to write.
In February my son-in-law, Bill, was diagnosed with Stage 4 stomach cancer. During the months that followed, we who loved and cared for him watched him lose over 50 pounds and watched him suffer more than anyone should. I should add, he is the father of my two grandchildren, Abbie who is 16 and Jake who is 10.
Watching those who watched was just as hard. Different kinds of suffering and pain affected each person, and different kinds of growth occurred. My daughter poured her heart into keeping the children safe and living life, all while being completely honest about what the outcome of this event would be. She lead them through an experience that was new to her as well. Now, I hope she has time to rest, reflect and renew as a widow at 38.
Wednesday night Bill was finally released from his suffering, and the initial response for me at least was relief. Now the sadness starts to settle in.
On Tuesday we celebrate his life and on Wednesday we start to put one foot in front of the other, moving forward.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Here I am finally back. I am aghast when I look at the date of the last posting. As I looked at the calendar yesterday I realized it has now been 3 months that I have been running back and forth to Portland helping with the family health issues. It seems it has made me pull inward.
In between all that, I have actually done lots of art. It has been my salvation when I come home after being gone for several days.
So, honestly I'll try to post new work in the upcoming days as we get it photographed. Above is one new piece, done in an old sewing machine drawer. The fellow is a plastic anatomical man which I "rusted".
Sun is finally forecast for the weekend, and I know that will improve my mood. The month of May was one of the wettest and coldest on record, and we surpassed our usual June rainfall in the first 3 1/2 days of the month! I'm sure you get the picture! My garden, other than lettuce and peas and cabbage, has been standing still during the cold nights and rainy, dreary days. This weekend should set some growth in motion, and will hopefully make for an elevated frame of mind.
My art is now in Current Gallery in McMinnville OR and in River Gallery in Independence. Thanks to those galleries for representing my work.