Bring the joy in!
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015
dance your head off for me please. I hurt
my right knee badly one year ago, tense about
a relative who'd been in hospital that day,
very cold -- 30 below zero Celsius, and a
massive biting wind -- my knee snapped!
Should this happen to you, don't get on
your friend's treadmill (I did, really bad idea),
and don't pay attention to emergency room
doctors who say it's nothing. Pain counts.
It is a big something.
Months of medical chats, and my own
research eventually got to the reason
-- a torn meniscus, torn ligaments, and by
then 6 months later -- the same damage in
the other knee, just from the stress of the
As for art, I kept on going. In fact I
travelled more for art in 2015 than ever
before in my life (New York, Paris, New York,
Florence, Paris). And in July, after two
MRI's, saw a surgeon who said I was doing a
great job (apparently going to gorgeous European
cities, and New York helped), and I will be all better
in 1 1/2 years. Now that it's January, that's just
under a year away.
Now I can dance again (sort of), walk a distance with
lots of breaks to sit down, and do most of
what I did before. Stairs are still a problem.
But worst of all I can't jump (yet), (and I love jumping).
So if you've read this far put your hands in the air
and jump for me.
Santa Maria Novella
one of the exquisite churches I saw in Florence
when I showed at the 2015 Florence Biennale
You can get there by taxi, if walking is
a problem. ;-)Do it and enjoy that wonderful feeling of
lift off! (You're right, that's probably why
I went on so many planes this year and loved
being way up in the air.) In fact if you caught
this via Facebook, send me a photo of you
jumping. That will make me so happy.
Have a going for the jump day.