Over the past few months I’ve begun to enter the next phase of my journey. For more than a decade I’ve been living with my elderly mother. For much of that time I did would I could to help her adapt to her progressive dementia. In early July it was finally time for to move to a care home.
She is happier there. With more people around and more to do, she keeps herself active and is almost always smiling. After spending so much time with her I do not see her demented state like most do . . . I see someone who thinks differently. While she cannot take care of herself like “normal” people, there are times where she is fully aware of life around her. At those times she clearly taught by example . . . our ability to give and receive love . . . so precious and so often with a smile or a laugh or two.
So now I am much more independent, and remarkably the question that comes up most often these days is, “So now Lawrence, what do you want to do?”
I have no intention of fully addressing that issue here, except to say that without a doubt I want to more with my art. Because of my intense care giving necessities I have let a lot of art activities slide, especially on the business side of things, and to a lesser degree creatively too.
One of my major summer activities has been trying to catch up in that regard, and I’m finally getting there. Rather than type a bunch of words on the matter, please check out the menu items on the top of this page and you will get a good feel for what I think of as “a fresh start”.
Though I am far from a young man anymore, it really does feel like I’m just starting again, and in many ways I’m grateful for that. In that spirit, today I am launching another new creation. It’s called “Dearly Departing” and it is shown at the top of this post. It depicts our ability to drift into a mysterious emotional place . . . somewhat child-like, yet rather sensual . . . happy and full of love . . . temporarily escaping from life’s hardships, departing at least for awhile.
I love your piece. Like billows of silk 🙂
Thank you. I do try to write from the heart.
All of us would be happy to have a son who cared for us like you did your mother. I’m glad to hear she is happy where she lives and is staying involved! Wishing you much success in your new journey.
Thank you Fran. I wish you the best in yours as well.