Today's flowers from the garden
Watercolour and black marker on
6 x 9.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013My sweet mother died on Sunday morning
last weekend. After my mother died
Steven and I had lunch with my brother,
my niece and my son and his wife. I know
we were in shock, and horribly sad, but
we were also so happy to be together.
We drove home from Ottawa in the rain which seemed
apt. I have never known such profound grief.
In Toronto our two Thanksgiving dinners
with family, were good -- the food delicious,
but the ache of knowing my mother wasn't
in the world anymore permeated every conversation.
Today I knew in my soul that my mother wants
me to carry on, to make art, to live life with
every fibre of my being. So I went into the garden
and picked this small bouquet. It made me feel
a taste of the delight I knew being in the world
as my mother's daughter -- a flicker of happiness
started in my heart. One day I will be fine.
Meanwhile tell everyone you love that you love
them. Spread love anywhere you can. Yes
it does matter. It all matters. And you matter to me.
Have a spreading-the-love day.