My computer isn't letting me post pictures (due to a complete lack of memory left), so I will have to wait until I can to do a proper post. Anyway, Spotty, one of our family cats, had to be put to sleep today. I didn't get to go home to say goodbye. He was such a wonderful cat. He acted more like a family dog. He spent all his time in the main parts of the house where he could "talk" (with loud, chirpy meows) to anyone who entered. He was always purring and smiling (you know how cats smile). I love him so much and miss him already, and hate the thought of going home to him not being there.
In honor of Spotty, who always lived for the moment (and loved forts made of blankets), I thought I'd post this poem I love (I'm not sure who it's by) on being an artist:
How to be an Artist
Stay loose. Learn to watch snails. Plant impossible gardens. Invite someone dangerous to tea. Make little signs that say "YES!" and post them all over your house. Make friends with freedom and uncertainty. Look forward to dreams. Cry during movies. Swing as high as you can on a swing set, by moonlight. Cultivate moods. Refuse to "be responsible." Do it for love. Take lots of naps. Give money away. Do it now. The money will follow. Believe in magic. Laugh a lot. Celebrate every gorgeous moment. Take moonbaths. Have wild imaginings, transformative dreams, and perfect calm. Draw on the walls. Read every day. Imagine yourself magic. Giggle with children. Listen to old people. Open up. Dive in. Be free. Bless yourself. Drive away fear. Play with everything. Entertain your inner child. You are innocent. Build a fort with blankets. Get wet. Hug trees. Write love letters.
I love the smallest things. It's hard to find people to talk about small things with, like standing under a big tree in the dark waiting for yellow leaves to fall on you, white porches with twinkle lights lining the windows, and the trotting of dog feet. If you find someone to talk about small things with, you shouldn't let them go.
I hope you all had lovely weekends, and be sure to kiss and love all of the animals in your life. They are so special.