“We must take on our existence as broadly as we possibly can; everything, even the unheard of, must be possible in it. This, underneath all, is the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the most strange, the most inexplicable.” Rainer Maria Rilke
I met with my brother, Bob, yesterday to deliver clothing to a half-way house that he has been a supporter of for years. I was originally going to meet with him on November 22nd, but a few days ago, we decided to move the date up. My mother and I had done a lot of shopping for these clothes with the only parameters being to purchase nice clothing for men, women and children under 5. We pretty much stuck to these guidelines except for one item. As my mother and I made our way through the Salvation Army thrift store, I spotted a new (with tags) Gymboree jean jacket, size 10, for $12.00 that was 1/2 off that day, so we decided to buy it.
Bob and I arrived at the half way house and were greeted by a wonderful woman who very happily took the clothing that was on hangers and I began to unpack a large container that I wanted to keep. Within a couple of minutes, I noticed a young girl had come out to see what we were up to. I said hi to her but she didn’t say a word so I continued to unpack the box. Suddenly the girl said, “Today is my birthday” and I said, “Happy birthday! How old are you?” and she said, “Ten”.
In that bag, was a size 10 new girls, jean jacket that I had also put in a gift box (the only item that I had boxed up). I handed her the box and said, “This is for you”. She opened it, took out the jacket, and ran down the hall to room where she and her mother were staying. Then she ran back and said “Thank you! Her mother came out with a smile and thanked us too. The little girl took off the jacket she was wearing and put the new one on. The new jean jacket had little red bows over the pockets and she was wearing red pants.
As Bob and I drove away we just looked at each other, shook our heads, and smiled at the wonder of what we just been a part of: synchronicity, the inexplicable, Grace.
Hello everyone and thank you so much for your wonderful suggestions! You’ve given me a number of great ideas for future paintings as well. I decided on “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. I needed to paint a fatter book first but that was the easy part. The lettering was much more of a challenge, but the impression of the title is there.