You're old enough to know better...so cry, baby cry.
I had a bit of a crying session a couple hours ago.
Which brought me to a decision I've thought about making for a couple days. If you want to skip to the end you'll see what I'm talking about.
The wind blows so hard here in Barranquilla that it blew one of my pictures off a shelf and took out a few knick-knacks with it.
This is a picture of the shelf taken a few months ago - which I've since cleaned and moved things around on...
but you get the picture.
The little ducky picture way up there came crashing down on stuff below and broke...
Three of my precious items!!!
My sweet, happy muchacha comes once a week to help clean
and when I heard the crash...
I'm ashamed to say...
I thought she'd broken something (else).
She tends to break stuff every now and then but I try to shake it off.
I do have thoughts like...
I hope she doesn't knock that down...
Or I wonder what will get broken today.
talk about attracting stuff.
(I believe in the Law of Attraction).
I broke a vintage skunk earlier while cleaning it (we clean along with Alva while she's here)...
and then the WIND broke those items pictured above.
And I STARTED CRYING.
Like a baby.
The bicentennial plate was given to me by my sister who has since gone to heaven...so maybe I had a reason to be sad over that breaking.
But those other items...
And I don't really remember but I'll bet I didn't pay more than $1 for them...if that.
And I live where there is SUCH poverty...
But wait...they have that beautiful ocean behind them.
And these people must be pretty happy living in such colorful houses...
And this group has a whole neighborhood of friends and family to help them along...
And these two may not have much, but at least they have each other...
AND - oh my God!
Look what I have!!!
Not to mention her parents, my son and his wife and my grandson!!!
And a great extended family and friends.
So many people I love.
I got really upset with myself for crying over something so trivial.
And cried harder.
I thought about all those people in Japan who are left with NOTHING.
Less than NOTHING.
And it made me really start crying.
Alva must have been amazed - Gringo loco - because she doesn't understand much English and I don't speak much Spanish.
BTW - when I started to throw away the pieces (except for the plate my sister gave me), she asked me for them and took them home with her.
I don't know about you, but I've been grieving along with the Japanese people to the point that I just have to do something about it.
When I watched this video the other day...
I was so moved that I knew it was up to me.
We don't have expendable money - yet...
But I do make art.
And I have a piece that hung in Florida Craftsmen for the two months before I moved out of the States (you have to be a resident to sell there) that Elizabeth (the director) suggested I put a $750 price tag on.
It's my favorite, best work to date and I want to auction it off with the winning bid going entirely to help someone in Japan.
I've been asked to donate and have - to auctions in the past and my work brought good money!
So...I'm working - as of right now - on getting the word out that THE KISS is up for auction.
More details coming soon...If I'll put a reserve on it...How to bid, where to pay, who exactly the money will go to. Etc.
You may not want to bid on The Kiss but as the song says...
There's a choice we're making.
We're saving our own lives.
And we will make a better day for you and me.