"Sweet Naomi" - mixed media on canvas paper, 12" x 16"
This month seems to be filled with magic! New adventures, new people, new energy. Like a shifting tide of positivity! It is welcome after what seems to have been months of struggle and frustration. Do you feel it? Are doors finally opening in your life? Are things coming a little easier for you? There is a palpable positive charge in the air here in south Florida.
Naomi appeared on the canvas as this tide shifted. She sweetly welcomes new energy into her space with a "come in" gesture. She is dressed in her power robes and ready for new mojo. A reminder to me to open the door when opportunity knocks (even if I am still in my pajamas). And to use my manners.
My son is on a world tour of a gap year, which included a stop in the Netherlands and a week of butlering at a renown butler school. The folks there were a bit dismissive of Americans because of their lack of manners, which offended my son (a polite and gracious young man). The truth is, there is a lot of rudeness in our country. On the news, in the stores, at the dinner table (if dinner is even eaten at a table!). And it has apparently become our reputation in some parts of the world. Now I am not saying we should dress for dinner a la Downton Abbey! But a little please, thank you and excuse me goes a long way.
Perhaps there will be a resurgence of politeness in America - like Polaroid cameras, high-waisted pants and big hair, a return of manners as a social trend, #pleaseandthankyou, #gentlemenopendoorsforladies, #excuseme, #ilovemanners.
Now where are my white elbow gloves?