When I studied art history so many years ago, I was captivated by the dutch and flemish paintings – the luminous figures resting at the front of the canvas against the darkest ground. Their watery blue eyes tenderly looking over and beyond
me. Now, I am much more interested in the juxtaposition of these paintings with others.
I am reminded of world and national events this past week, and that it is my 26th wedding anniversary today. I begin to to notice what is different, what is the same, and how I am impacted by subtle, and not so subtle changes, like the paintings
beside each other.
A few years ago I saw "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" at The Frick Museum
in New York. This was the first time I had seen the painting close up. She is beautiful, elegant, and I wanted to reach out and touch her face.
I have been wondering for a few days why I am thinking about paintings and current events simultaneously. I am so struck by the people, and their stories, and how I want to celebrate each and every one of their triumphs, including my own – being married for 26 years takes a lot of love, and grit, and grace.
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