Drawing is taking a line for a walk –Paul Klee
Distractions preoccupied me this month – one somber, one delightful – you’ll soon read about them. Here goes, starting with the somber one : we Bostonians lost a dear friend and prolific artist, Lucette White. Totally unexpected. She was 82, full of life and vigor right up to the end when, after a brief illness, an infection took her. We’re all still in shock.
Loss of someone becomes a wake-up call for us to embrace our friends and family, make time for them, listen to them. Promise you’ll never, ever send a sympathy card! Family members long for something personal and warm and alive. Instead, write a heartfelt letter – handwritten is best even in your scraggily script – that celebrates your relationship with that person. I learned this when I lost my Dad in 2001. My Mother and I yearned for people’s memories of him, how they were touched by him. Our favorite was an hilarious comment from his best friend, and fellow P-47 fighter pilot, Smitty, and I quote, We’re still the best goddam fighter pilots in the Air Force. How that made us roar, for years!
The biggest news of the month is that I became engaged to the most wonderful and amazing man! Now it’s fun to share it with everyone, as I sign off with the happiest of distractions for April 2014.