Friday, November 19, 2010
Painting the Tipi...........
My friends and I often find ourselves thinking about one another and then one makes the phone call to the other. One day I was calling one friend and my phone rings and there she was calling me! We always laugh and say, "I was just thinking about you!" Awesome stuff when you listen!
Last January I had this idea to take pictures of the hands of my children and grandchildren, as well as Richard's and mine. I was having this time of reflection about my own hands, when did they begin to look old, where did their youthfulness go. Who's hands in the family resemble mine or Richard's? I decided to take pictures of all the hands in our family and do something with them, although not quite sure what, still waiting on the inspiration or "message". I still have all these hand pictures. I think it was the beginning of what I'm about to share now.
In October, I attended a retreat, I have found that at these retreats there is always something revealed to me. I don't remember anyone else getting this particular message, it was just something I needed to hear I guess. Before getting this message however, I had a wonderful massage. While getting this massage I, of course, was chatting. The topic of aging hands came up, I mentioned the photos of the family hands I have. She began telling me about a trip to Peru and at the end of her work there, all the children put their hand prints on a cloth and someone talked all the Chief's into doing it as well. She described how wonderful it was, the sizes, the hands receiving knowledge and the hands of the ones sharing the wisdom. This light bulb idea went off in my mind to do a swirl of my family's hand prints on the cloth door of my tipi lodge. I was so excited! It was if I had made the most amazing discovery! Then something was mentioned during one of the sessions of the retreat and hands again were in that message, it was brief, and it confirmed the idea that I had to do the artwork of hand prints of my family on that tipi door.
[I might also mention here, the tipi door I am still using was the same door from my old tipi lodge that was nearly shredded in a summer storm this year. When I ordered a new cover, I kept the old door to continue to share the spirit of the old tipi with the new.]