Breakfast at the Skylight Diner, NYC
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
How could one painting sum up so much about where we are at now?
This was meant to be about love, the love of breakfast with someone
you love. In this case the place is a wonderful diner in New York
City. But in Toronto all of our restaurants and cafés are closed
because of the virus, and we cannot cross the border to the U.S.
and New York City. And also in Toronto if I go for a walk with
my husband now, I have to walk 6 feet away from him.
But what is possible is to drink coffee, and if not coffee as many
hot liquids as possible -- new advice arising from studies
on the virus. Wash our hands every 20 minutes, wipe all surfaces,
especially metal, wear clean clothes, clean your hair when you
come inside (the virus lives on hair, and fabric). Also we should
gargle with hot lemon (continuing the hot theme) and relatives
in British Columbia recommend garlic. Friends advise wiping down
all of your groceries when you bring them home. And we will
have to show I.D. to go out and shop.
We should eat fruits, vegetables, and yes soup. Hot. Get the theme.
Another survey put online by a friend suggests that to maintain mental
health we need to communicate with people we enjoy every day.
I enjoy you. Great movies? TV shows? Things are ramping up
in Canada. If you are both virus free, have a wonderful breakfast
with the one you love. And if not. Have a wonderful breakfast
on your own.
Have a dealing with the facts day.