Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A New Work of (He)art

A couple of weeks ago I found a yard sale that was at the home of an elderly woman.  Her neighbor and friend was in charge of the sale and told me that the homeowner was a widow and was soon to move into an assisted living facility.
Many of her lifelong treasures were sitting out on her
driveway waiting for a new home.
I was so happy to take this beautiful oil painting home with me.
I love the colors,
 the subject, and the best thing about it is
the artist who painted this painting in 1965 is
the elderly widow who won't be able to take
most of her possessions with her to the next chapter in her life.

It made me stop and think.

About treasures sitting out on a driveway.  About talent.  About what we can take with us to our next chapter.
And what's really important and what's not.

Like enjoying this work of art for the next fifty years or so.


The Gathering Place said...

Sometimes we get pretty hung up on the treasures we seek, (and I am guilty). You were lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Scrap for Joy said...

What a beautiful painting and story behind it. I have gotten very selective about the things I buy now. I always ask myself, if I were to "go" tomorrow, would the kids want this or would it go to Good Will? Pausing to consider that has saved me money several (not all) times. As I get older, i cherish the things I have an emotional attachment to. You'll enjoy this more knowing the story of the painter.

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Karen Mortensen said...

A very beautiful picture.

Art and Sand said...

beautiful painting . . . beautiful colors . . . beautiful sentiment . . .

Nanette Merrill said...

Really love that picture. It is something I would treasure.

Kathleen Grace said...

She was a talented artist! So sad, but her talent is still appreciated and enjoyed, and that is what art is for :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Wow, that is a great painting. Sometimes I feel bad when I hear the story behind the sale. How wonderful that her treasures go to someone who treasures them!


June said...

This is so true. I always pray that I will not set my heart on things that will keep me from letting His spirit be with me always. I do know however, that when the time comes for me to leave this earth, I'm sure I won't be thinking...darn, I wish I could take this or that with me, so I am sure that while this sweet little artist was already making her peace with parting with these things.
What a wonderful post this is my friend. I will be thinking of it all day. Thank you!
sending hugs...