Today started out with the morning spent in the studio with my art class and the best teacher anywhere. I finished the last assigned drawing, after a year of drawings, and will start oil painting very soon. Don't worry, I will let you know how it goes. This last drawing is a copy of a Weeping Russian woman by an unknown (to me) artist. It's not my favorite drawing but I'm still amazed and proud that I, such a novice, was able to produce it.
Next on the agenda, on my way home, I stopped at a Christmas party. The setting was in a beautiful home, the food was scrumptous, and we were serenaded with Christmas carols by a superb male Quartet. As great as all that was it paled in comparison to the company. This was a group of colleagues who worked together for twenty years or so, and, in a way, grew up and 'grew up our children' together. That is what made this gathering special. Shared experiences of every kind you could imagine have knitted this group into a tight community of love. There was talk of the frailty of our parents, the lives of our children, retirement activities and such as that. Learning that one of our group passed away suddenly in November made smiles turn upside down, and news of weddings and grandchildren turned them right side up again. Connections we share and laughter we enjoy is what made the party so special.....and the end of a perfect day.
So if any of you are dreading getting older, you see it isn't all bad! I miss my kids and 'all that' to pieces but having time for myself to design day after day ain't bad at all.