Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fountains and Flowers

I've been attempting to bead a water fountain on my beaded journal for this month. It's easier said than done. Plus, this beading thing is taking a lot of time...though, I must admit, it's very fun to do. It's just, now I've fallen in love with another needle art that isn't quick...

Photo courtesy of RobJJ

So Jack walks up while I'm beading last night...

Jack: "Hi Mom. Whatcha doin'?"

Me: "I'm beading a journal piece for a monthly project I'm doing."

Jack: "Huh? What's that?"

Me: "It's like a diary about how I feel this month. Just interpreted with beads."

Jack: "That's cool. So what are those things over there? Mountains?"

Me: "No, they're tears."

Jack (his face falls and he looks sad and worried): "But Mom, they take up like 25% of your thing! That's kind of sad."

Me: "It's OK. I'm just sad sometimes."

Jack(pointing to the "fountain"): "What's that?"

Me: "That's supposed to be a fountain."

Jack: "Oh. What's that 'mean'?"

Me: "Kind of like I just can't help that happiness bubbles up out of me sometimes..."

Jack: "Oh, that's better than the tears Mom."

Jack (said in a disparaging tone, using his engineer's brain): "So why does your fountain have flowers in it?"

Me: "I don't know. My fountain just wanted to have flowers coming out of it."

Jack (laughs): "Oh, that is SO YOU Mom!"

Then he hugged my shoulders, told me it was cool, and walked away shaking his head. There are moments when I think he might just understand me.


Allison Ann Aller said...

The hints you give here promise another beautiful and deeply meaningful piece.
Cute interchange with Jack...
...and those trees in the first picture are so amazingly red!!!

Vicky aka stichr said...

I think your fountain is coming along nicely. And I am so glad Jack understands you! My kids get me too. My youngest, Stephanie, even contributes to my kooky-ness now and then.

Elisabeth Braun said...

How sweet!

Does your young man know how many of his conversations with you go so public, though????!! He might dry up if he did.....

Judy S. said...

Kids, aren't they the greatest? You sure have gotten a lot of beads together in a short time, Susan. This is going to be a very nice piece. BTW, those red trees are amazing; I knew we should have stayed a bit longer in New England!

Lynn said...

I love your blog! Besides the fact that your work is utterly amazing,I love the photos you use and just how you write - you have many talents!

Debra said...

Do I ever hear you on the slow handwork projects. I think that is why I love my embroidery machine--finally something that is halfway quick. But, ultimately, it's all good --quick and slow. And besides, what else would you be doing with your time??!

coral-seas said...

You make beading a fountain look easy, it is delightful, especially the flowers :)

I love hearing your conversations with Jack, it's lovely that he gets you.


Susan said...

What a neat dialogue! I love all of the pictures of the bead journal and your real-life inspirations.

Denise said...

Oh my gosh! I so get that conversation! I just love it! It speaks of the creativity in him, along with the engineer! And now, when you look at that beaded page, it will remind of him, and perhaps then there will be more bursts of laughter and less tears.
Cheers, Denise

Wanda said...

I think Jack "gets you" just fine. That is the beauty of the love of family. Your beading is so beautiful and the photos too. I am fascinated by the journal captures the moment and time. Really nice.

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