A Mother’s Touch
When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things was when my mother would play with my hair. Just her touch would feel better than anything I knew in my life. I never forgot that feeling. As I grew up and moved away from home, I always yearned for it.
Later in life, during my visits home, I would seek an opportunity to lay my head in her lap hoping that she would just stroke my hair for a few minutes. Her touch still felt comforting in an indescribable way and would take me back to those moments in my childhood.
My mother never knew how powerful those touches were or how they comforted me like a warm blanket throughout my life.
Every time I think about those moments with my mother, it reminds me that the smallest gesture from me can mean a lifetime of sweet memories for my children.
So when I’m brushing their hair out of their eyes or rubbing their backs when they’re not feeling well, I’ll try to remember that even if they don’t show it, they may take those moments into their adulthood as moments of love and comfort.
Just back from a refreshing weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the INCREDIBLE Toe River Arts Council Studio Tour www.toeriverarts.org. My cousins Deana Blanchard & Chuck Young display their fun & fabulous art at their Selena Glass & Metal Studio in Sweet Hollow, and it really is sweet.
I’m among their biggest fans, with six pieces in my collection (some LARGE): L-I-B, Lovebirds, Flower Power, and Fly, Dragon, Fly among them.
Clever names for the art endears us to it even more, don’t you think?Touring the whimsical & phantasmagoric studios, some rather like hobbit hutches in the hills, is such a great way to get a new perspective on FLOW & Living Your Dream.
To me, artists are the New Pioneers–they really DON’T know what’s around the next bend, but they’re compelled to CREATE. One running joke among the artisans & craftspeople in the Asheville area is that they’ll keep creating art ’til the money for supplies runs out.
It’s always a crapshoot, what’ll sell, who’ll buy & how much, but they keep on creating.
One of Deana & Chuck’s pieces is titled “There Be Dragons”–hinting at the old Viking maps where the world ended…. because Selena Studio is so remote that Google maps ends before Vikings can find them!
Some of the information I’m offering below today may help you keep on track, when everything seems to be a question mark, or even more of a challenge than simply being in the place of not knowing…. which is where we all live.