I woke up very early this morning with a feeling of excitement mixed with a wee bit of apprehension. It's reveal day! The day I planned to introduce my newest canvas to the world (Always an exciting but vulnerable thing to do). But then my son, who is a Congressional Staffer on Capitol Hill, texted me to say several people, including a Congressman and a fellow Congressional Staffer, had been shot while playing baseball this morning. The staffer is likely my son's age, all of 22 or 23. My heart sank and I was full of anger and grief for those injured and their families. I felt anger at the shooter and grief for his family as well. I lost the desire to do anything other than scan the news for updates. I spent most of the day rearranging piles, checking the news- stagnant. Today was a day that I momentarily lost my hope that this little website designed to spread love could begin to compete against the ugliness we are bombarded with these days. I just felt defeated.
But then I received some messages from friends who had seen the sneak peeks that I posted on FB asking when I was going to post the full canvas. They were excited, anticipating it. So I began to think that maybe others were feeling like I was today and needed to see something warm and happy. To post or not to post? Honestly I don't know what the right answer is but I am taking a big, deep breath and sharing this very colorful and cheerful canvas in the hopes it brings a smile today, not to distract because I don't want anyone to be distracted from the reality we live in. We have to stay focused and engaged in order for love to win- But to soothe. Just a bit.
Much love to all of you. Give tight hugs to everyone you love and please be gentle with each other.
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