Monday, June 16, 2008

The art of goodbye

What is the art of Goodbye? I can see amazing paintings of ships with women waving delicate hankies from the prow, but in the modern world you send people off half way across the world in a fluorescent lit airport
with security everywhere, preventing them from taking even an apple on board, and the whole event is steeped
in a cocktail of boredom coupled with tears and fear.

The fear must always have been there.
Even when there was more possibility for ceremony.

Well I'm trying hard to be artful in how I say goodbye to my son, Christopher as he takes off to teach in Korea. I was lucky to spend quite a bit of time with him today looking for the perfect birthday present so we could have a mini birthday party for him tonight, before he goes. I've been drawing him since just after he was born, so he's certainly been an influence on my painting, and he is just a great person in every way.

Here's a sketch of my baby when he was one,
and a photo of Christopher and Megan hanging out
in our kitchen. I wish them every happiness on
their adventure, and can't wait until they're back
at our kitchen table again.

Have an appreciating-your-home day.

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