Block 31: March 20, 2013


“Stormy weather.”

Happy first official day of Spring, everyone!

Date: March 20, 2013

Location: Apartment, Washington Heights, NYC

Person I would have sent it to: Mrs. Arthur, now Mrs. Cox, was my first Art Teacher in Elementary School.

My favorite subject in school. My favorite time in school. For the after-school classes. For the classes over summer that I voluntarily took. For the blue ribbon awarded to the “portrait” of the “Native American warrior” completed in third grade. For maybe “getting” me before I got myself. For always presenting a smiling outlook on life and at school, even though I feel that smile may have hidden some of her true feelings.

For the ceramic tortoise shell she made for my high school graduation. For staying in touch. For keeping in touch.

I believe you might get me more than most people these days, which says a lot considering I haven’t seen you in… what? A decade or so?

For the emails that let me know you’re following along. For continuing to have at least somewhat of a vested interest in where I’ve been and where I want to go.

Thank you.

Music I listened to while sewing: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. The New Broadway Cast Recording.

Thoughts/Feelings behind the block: Long day, but much accomplished. Taxes done. Laundry in progress. Progress on the friend’s quilt was made. Visit to the Dog Run. Design meeting for a show in the fall.

A successful day on several fronts.

That I’m now having a glass of wine bothers me. I’m not perfect; wish I didn’t feel the need for this to “relax.” Why do I feel that I’m having trouble relaxing tonight?

Well, I’m not perfect. But I am making progress.

A friend commented that he’s been enjoying following my progress with the A Thousand Quilted Cranes Project on Facebook. He says that it’s, in a way, Buddhist: meditative and introspective.

Another friend has told me that each of these Cranes seem like prayers.

I like that people believe that.

Good night, friends.

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