The day was a bit slow in one way, busy is another today. Less people were roaming around the mall so I was able to make great progress (you can see in the above photos). I did have some of my mall - walking friends and the mall staff come and visit off and on, but mostly it was quite till 11:00 am. The gentleman who comes for his daily hug was there too. He seems to be looking out for me and I'm thankful for "Jo" today. He was a bright spot in a long day.
The day began with great momentum and I was clipping along outlining the tree and beginning to fill in the pieces. I was able to concentrate and also to pause and talk with the few that stopped. Many were interested in Hope Venture's work and were glad to learn what was going on. The afternoon was a little harder to get in to the work both physically and mentally. I told a friend who visited toward the end of my afternoon session that I was tired. I am. I guess though I wouldn't want it any other way. I know that each morning when I get up I am not capable of going one more day -- God has to supply the energy and that sums up today.
There were no big themes that surfaced, however relationships from one's past did come up. I met a lady who was at the mall waiting to reconnect with a friend she hadn't seen in 25 years. Then this afternoon my elementary school principal stopped by to say hello. It was so good to chat with he and his wife about their children and grandchildren and where we are all at in life right now. Past and present colliding.
A few friends came in the afternoon and I was thankful for their visits -- they helped to keep me going. I am thankful for little things today and for the work that was done. I'm also thankful to be home relaxing with my kiddos and I'm definitely ready for my nightly bowl of ice cream and a good night's sleep. I'm thankful for a home and good food on the table. I have so much to be thankful for and so much I can give back. Thankful God can use me right where I'm at.
Ann has worked as a professional artist since 2006. She currently works on her own studio artwork as well as large, commercial works and with other artists in any way she can.