Monday, August 27, 2007

Having Babies and Other Celestial Events

The ultimate and rather excellent form of creativity is one that's open to most of us. That is creating children. None of us asks to be born. We step out innocent to the world's ways. We require nurturing to approach our potential--to be handled before we can handle. Children are soon enough presented with a puzzling world. I was blessed with the birth of my daughter and now my granddaughter, Scarlett. Jess is a florist/artist/actor/event planner, James is an artist/supervisor/actor and now we all wonder what path Scarlett will eventually follow. Whatever it is, I won't be disappointed. All I know is that this one event, right now, makes it even more clear...no matter what else happens during our short stay on this planet, this sort of creation rises above all else! Watching James cut the umbilical cord and watching the joy on Jessica's face (more beautiful than any painting or sculpture could ever be) as she held her newborn with a glow of accomplishment and satisfaction, listening to her through these days in the sheer amazement of what has transpired...being in awe of her new offspring. Who knows what these little hands will do and where these little feet will take her!

"Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but are not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you." Kahlil Gibran

Art is life and life is art. Offspring may be the greatest art, but they are also like art. They flow through life in some force that we really don't understand. Like art they require love and work. James and Jess will know more of this in the days ahead.
P.S. James and I have been using our freetime in creative pursuits, he with painting in the studio and I with sketchbook at the kitchen table. Birth must be inspiring beyond what we realize. Look to the skies tonight as Mars will be the closest to Earth in some time and in NYC they are predicting a lunar eclipse at 4:51 AM. Hmmm. I suppose one could be awake for that!

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