"Well, Buddy," I said, "They are so beautiful, I never want to forget them."
"Yeah," he replied. "They're BEAUTIFUL!"
Following his example, I'm looking to seek more beauty in 2010. Like this:
We had framed a picture, and this was the leftover matting. The owner of the frame shop, one of those women who become more beautiful with age, said, "Take this home and let your little boy paint. Then, bring it back, and I'll frame it for you."
She didn't say that she would frame it for free, but I'm considering bringing it back anyway. If you look at it as I do, it looks like a purple dove, content and peaceful, sitting in her nest, even as the wind blows violently.
What do you see?
Owen asked me to write down the name of his teacher. (And, yes, her secret identity as Miss Speck is now outed). I love that he has painted this picture for her, for the sole purpose of making her happy. Because, really---Who doesn't want to be a pumpkin-headed, frowning, armless monster?
He also asked me to write the word "light." He is already seeking the light, the beautiful, the honest and sincere. As should I.
Or, maybe he got the idea from the damn "Diego Saves the Sea Turtles" cartoon. Let's not make him the next Dali Lama quite yet.
In 2010, I hope to seek the light, to give gifts to those I love, and to protect my little nest, even when the winds blow, and all I can do is hold on.
After all, I'll do anything to protect my greatest works of art. Happy New Year!