Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Journey

Yesterday was my daughter Mariel's 21st birthday.  She has turned out so well -- I am so proud of her.  Here is a picture of her with Samy from last weekend. 
What I want for her, more than anything in the world, is that she listen to her own voice.  She is so kind, considerate, thoughtful and her heart is so big.  In addition to navigating the usual booby traps of childhood and adolescence, she has had to navigate between parents who split up when she was only 1; it hasn't always been easy.  I know how long it has taken me to recognize my own voice, let alone listen to it - to know and embrace who I am.  I hope it doesn't take her 'til 40, like it took me, to figure that out! 

A friend of mine sent me this poem yesterday.  It really spoke to me and what I want for Mariel:

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice--
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do--
determined to save
the only life you could save.

This poem, and the occasion of Mariel's birthday, inspired this:

Happy Birthday Mariel!!

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  1. Dropping by from Artists in Blogland I love this painting. Your positive experiences have had a wonderful impression on your art.

  2. THis is really beautiful, I tried a lotus flower nearly a year ago and it wasn't even close to as pretty as this is. THanks for playing.

    PS. happy birthday to your daughter!

  3. What a beautiful poem and painting. I love what you wrote on your painting. It is so nice when the voice we hear the loudest and strongest is our own. It is even better when we begin to listen to it.

  4. Wonderful interpretation of Mary Oliver's poem and the opening up lotus flower. Lovely work, love what you said about your daughter, how beautiful. Visiting from Artists in Blogland. xox

  5. What a beautiful birthday tribute! Love your art.

  6. Beautiful artwork! What a wonderful tribute to your daughter Mariel!
    I am your newest blog follower, too! :)
    Happy PPF!!
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  7. Happy birthday to your daughter! My daughter is 19 and just got married yesterday. I think that I can say that I completely agree with your wish for your daughter. I really love your painting. I love your style and colors so much.

  8. happy 21st birthday to Mariel!

    I love your bright, colorful happy flower!

  9. Very heartfelt post!! Beautiful artwork and Happy Birthday to Mariel, hope her dreams come true and she finds her good inner voice to guide her!! Nothing is more precious, that and a daughter!!

    Love the poem your friend sent!!

    Hugs and Happiness to you

  10. What a blessing! The drawing is splendorous!

  11. This is lovely - for a wonderful Mom and daughter team. Love the poem.


  12. What a beautiful piece and happy birthday to your lovely daughter. I love the colours. The poem is wonderful too.

  13. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! The poem is awesome but can't compare with your gorgeous painting.

  14. This is really beautiful! I love the colors you used and I think your lotus is really great. I can feek the happiness of the occasion in your page.The poem was lovely too.:)

  15. A sweet painting! I am sure with you to watch out for her, and to mentor her, she has the best guide! Patsy

  16. Happy birthday to Mariel! What truly beautiful ladies you have! All the layers and colors in your fabulous painting makes me think of all that goes into being able to listen to your own voice.

  17. Happy Belated Birthday wishes to your daughter Jessica,
    I can't believe how late I am in visiting this week...but here I am...puffing and panting trying to get to everyone!
    Both the painting and poem are beautiful. Thank you for sharing
    Neesie (APR) ;D

  18. Popped in from Artists in Blogland. Great painting inspired by a lovely poem. Hope your daughter had a great birthday. xx

  19. An happy birthday to Mariel and a great thank to you to come visiting my blog.
    It's all the time a great joy for a mother to see her child following her own way strong and wright :)
    Carol (lechatqutousse)


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