Day 13. Relationships

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“Loner” 6×6, oil on canvas, $125.00 

If I could tell you just one thing…

I impulse bought this book the other week because when I opened it up, it landed on this quote:

“The quality of your life depends on the quality of your relationships. Not on your achievements, not on how smart you are, not on how rich you are, but on the quality of your relationships, which are basically a reflection of your sense of decency, your ability to think of others, your generosity.” — Esther Perel. 

Yes, I thought. Yes. 

Herons are solitary creatures– roaming shallow bits of river or ocean like lonely ghosts with some important message to share if only we could get close enough without them evaporating into flight. 

Today’s Heron, however, reminds me not of that independent nature they so effortlessly model, but of the relationship I have with my future mother-in-law. She shared a photograph of a heron last week, which I’ve used as a reference for this painting. Her friendship, maybe which began over a mutual affection for birds, is just one of the many riches I have, especially in these times of isolation. 

If we were making our own book, could you finish this sentence? If I could tell you just one thing….

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Denise Hopkins

March 28, 2020

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