Today is January 21, and we are one-third of the way through winter. I have marked on the calendar the four 21’s that occur during the Small Landscape Giveaway – two so far, since I started with December 21. I want to take a little bit of time to reflect on the project, and to thank everyone for their interest, appreciation, support, participation, and just over all good wishes for the project.
Let me back up a little bit and say that this activity is the result of what I did last winter – the Sunshine Project, that I chronicled on one of my other blogs, Sometimes You Get So Confused. Last year, I was very much in the middle of recovering from a couple of just awful years. I was terrified of winter and what associations the past couple of winters had had for me. I needed something to do that would help me just put one foot in front of the other. The Sunshine Project did that. Though it involved artwork in the form of the little sunshine disks, mostly it was about getting out into the world again.
This winter is different. I am healed from my illnesses and surgeries. I was not left unmarked by the experiences – I have been left with some real deficits. I have also learned how easily and quickly life can turn and bite you, seemingly without any malice, but with real effects all the same. Imagine a creature with big teeth, saying, It’s nothing personal, but – it’s your turn…
But I also owe that creature a debt of gratitude. I am a changed person, and for the better. It sounds Pollyannaish to say so, to thank the teeth that bit me for the scars they left, but – somehow I’ve taken a turn here that has set me on a better path. I’m not going to try to understand it any more than that. I’m just going to keep on as I have been re-directed and leave figuring things out to someone else.
So the Small Landscape Giveaway is a lot of fun for me, because I am so happy that I am able to be doing art, and communicating about it, and participating in life again. Every time I pick up a paintbrush or get out my scissors and papers or my clay tiles or even the stick ladies – I feel lucky. Thanks, everybody, for letting me send out my art to you and to know it’s being appreciated. It really means a lot to me.
OK, let’s keep going. Spring is coming! And I’ll tell you a sure sign of it – at the park where I exercise in warmer weather, the closing time at sunset has been put back to 5:30 PM from 5:00 PM. The earth continues to move around the sun and we’re going right along with it.