10th July 2009
This summer has been a whirlwind. Making and selling my craft/art at a phenomenal rate. What’s really neat; my inspiration has been like a runaway train and new ideas swirl around in my head, like thoughts that can’t get transmitted by fingers on the keyboard fast enough to suit. Meantime some new cards I’m proud of, including one from recent series; Retirement, and one from (also new) Alice Walker series, all of which were done in purple!!!
Hmm, what else has been happening lately? Well my younger daughter’s birthday. She’s now 26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOSHANA !! The card I made for her is the third one down. And also some discussion/thought/mulling over of the next
big BIG goal of my life. Interestingly enough, on http://www.dictionary.com the definition of intention included this; Also called first intention, primary intention. reference by signs, concepts, etc., to concrete things, their properties, classes, or the relationships among them.
A conversation with my youngest sister last night, late, resulted in a few computer searches on the Nun Study, and Alzheimer’s Disease and it’s symptoms, etc. The later is depressing, but the Nun Study which I personally believe every one should know about, is fascinating. The newest book on the study is: Aging With Grace by Dr. David Snowdon. The nuns have/had a COMMUNITY, something my older daughter and I talk and debate over as a necessary component for all of us.
That brings me to an exchange she and I had this week about the components of a good school for children, if built from ground up, not so much bricks and mortar but the ideas, concepts, plans, what is taught and how it will be taught.
Twice during the phone call with my sister last night, I lost the thread of something I very much wanted to discuss with her. Finally right before bed I remembered it long enough to write it down. Here it is:
What if you kept knowledge from a child, deeming it to “adult,” to complex, too potentially hurtful, information that could potentially affect how the child would interact with a relative? Okay then what happens when that child matures, becomes their own person, an adult, and there’s no longer any reason to hide the facts? Yet speaking them, relaying them in any way could change the way that young adult sees their relative, because it will come to them possibly as a shock. A dilemma for sure.
Even more so is this: I did keep stuff from my children, in order not to harm them, and now they don’t believe me, because they haven’t experienced what I have, over the last 15 years, and do not wish to believe this new (to them) info. Most importantly, I was hurt by keeping this to myself, and doubly hurt now, to be disbelieved. Sigh.
Here’s poet, Marge Piercy, from both the poem and book of poems called Stone, paper, knife; …“We like knowing what is to happen with small surprises. But sometimes we must endure or create gross shocks that stretch us til we grow or break.”
July 10, 2009
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10th July 2009