In the kitchen researching for the doctorate
Black marker on bond paper
12 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir ©
Steven was feeling happy tonight after a long day of work and
we had a slokje of our favourite liqueur in the special small
crystal glasses I inherited from my mother. Believe me for
our whole marriage when we'd say that Dutch word, I had
no idea how to spell it.
Tonight before I started making dinner (it was my night -- we
alternate nights) I started trying to look up the word -- which
as far as I knew meant a sip, or a very small amount. It
actually means a taste, and with the "je" on the end means a
tiny taste. Delicious I might add.
I love this drawing and the memories it brings back of a
time when without any discussion of masks, or rapid tests
we could have people pose for me in the house. This was a
preparation drawing for a painting. The drawing stands out
And I loved the blog I got this from about language, so I may
quote myself. Forgive me if the post gets long.
"One of the great pleasures in my life has been travel.
I love going somewhere new, and finding out how little
I know. I was lucky to grow up in Ottawa, and to start learning
French at a young age. So I can stumble a bit in that language.
I took German in grade 10, and somehow those lessons stuck,
so I can understand some of what my fellow artists post on
Instagram, Facebook and their blogs. I am part Italian, and can
understand a little Italian.
friend in the Netherlands, so a few Dutch words have come to
me that way. A smattering of Latin helps me decipher some English words.
I feel lucky thatmy curiosity about languages continues. I was so
lucky to teach a one night a week writing course, and a presentation
course to people from all over the world. Those classes made me
aware of how little I know about the world and its many rich languages.
the world. But how wonderful it is to be able to say thank you to
someone in their own language. And how lonely it must feel to walk
through the streets of Toronto and not hear your own language.
So on this day in the Month of Love, I'd like to add language as one
of the things I love.