Thinking out loud,
The robins get up very early around here. We know because they sing the morning song just outside our bedroom window. Even though it is barely light, they are ready for the day. I turn over and doze until I hear the raucous call of the Pileated Woodpecker, or the crows, or all of them together. It’s time to get up!
I really don’t mind this kind of wake up call. I don’t have to leap out of bed, but my brain starts working on whatever is “up” for the day.
As a kid, summers seemed long open ended weeks, time for anything and everything, time to let my mind roam and the ideas sort themselves. There was time to dream, to imagine, time to watch a stink bug make its way through a puddle, time to watch a popsicle stick sail the rugged seas of the street side gutter, or time to figure out what a shadow was and how it came to be.
I treasure those memories. And I treasure the ones I build each day. I watch my back yard bunnies helping manage the lawn. In the evenings we watch the swallows soar way up high over the back yard. We watch the dragonflies cruise back and forth on mosquito patrol. Dragonflies are my special friends because mosquitos seem to think I am on their particular menu…
And in the studio there is relaxed activity. You could almost say lazy, but it isn’t really. My imagination is busy…I am stacking up fabric from my stash as an idea brews. Pulling fabrics out has been pleasurable—I have some pretty good stuff hiding in those shelves.
I’m not in a hurry. I aim to let the fabrics sing to me. I’m going to watch them and imagine and discover what story they have to tell me. I am going to take my time.