I want to thank every single one of you who has written to me or left messages in the comment box. I feel so blessed to know you all and to realize that what I felt wasn't a flaw in me. One of my newest friends, Pam sent me this quote which I adore:
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
- Theodore Geisel, "Dr. Seuss"
LOVE IT! I guess some of my problems is that my family has always not understood ART. Oh they all understand negative things happening to a person and sometimes I believe they thrive on bad news. Good news is pushed to the side to wallow in ill times. I know that there are times when I've told a family member about this good achievement or thing that has happen to me, and this could be a career thing instead of ART. They'll actually say one of two things..."how much money did you get for that?" or "That's nice. Did I tell you about...?" So I guess I've actually gotten in the habit of not telling my family of anything good happening to me. They seem to enjoy talking about failures or bad happenings, but never want to celebrate the good. Well, I can't say all of them. My youngest brother is the exception, but he is so busy raising his young family.
Now, I AM very blessed to have a husband who also has the soul of an ARTIST, and he is starting to rediscover that part of his being. I've actually signed him up for upcoming classes with Cody at AFIC , and he is working on a new mixed media project which I'm dying to share with everyone once he gets it done. He is forced retired, and spends his time doing computer graphics, fixing everything I break around the house, AND he loves repairing vintage radios and televisons. Right now he has a surplus of old radio tubes. Remember those? I sure do. One of my memories is of Daddy taking all our tubes to Richard's News to the testing machine, and buying replacements. Well, Chris has a work station with all the old vintage testing equipment. He does testing for his friend Leo, who sells parts on eBay. So, if they are duds, we get them for ART. Yeah for us. One thing I told Chris for 2009 is that I want him to teach me to solder. I actually don't know how to do that. Imagine all the wickedness I can get into!
Once again, thank you all for your kind words. You really have made my day.