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This week, while visiting my mother-in-law, she happened to have a medical appointment. I drove her in, for the comfort and the company, and so overheard her, when spelling the name of her doctor to the receptionist, mention the name of a certain poem which contained it.
I had never heard of it, and while she continued to check in I looked it up. It was lovely, and the meter, analyzed below in the comments by Martin Garrett, commanded me as I read the poem aloud to her as we waited.
Lettering and painting and for filling Etsy orders might be “work”, because I sometimes get paid for it, but that does not make cleaning, cooking, shopping, counseling, hostessing, reading/researching and gardening…
Gentle Reader, I am guessing that, as you read this, you are either feeling like you have got a pretty good handle on things, or – conversely – that you are under-appreciated, under-energized, and not bringing much to the table. Most of us are usually in one of those places, sometimes switching back and forth all day!
Lettering on hymns, Christmas carols and other songs (mostly public domain), as well as some inspirations on canvas and in watercolor, have kept my desk messy but my heart full and my spirit joyful!
Y’all have been so encouraging, and I have learned a bunch about packaging, shipping, and managing an Etsy shop in these last few weeks, and your support has been humbling and gratifying. My head has been spinning with new ideas, and I am really having to work at balancing yet another aspect of life along with what is already in my bullet journal!
Truly, though, it has been a joy and a catharsis for stress. The lettering community has been a wonderfully nurturing group in whose hands I have placed my reborn interest in calligraphy and illustration. Artists such as Kari Beth at Grace Remembered, Krystal Whitten, and Liss at Liss Letters, and , of course, my own daughter Meg at ISayGrace, have both inspired me, and challenged me spiritually. I encourage you to take a look at their beautiful work!
Meg and I are talking a bit of collaboration on lettered paintings, cards, and prints in the future after we did a last-minute collab on the Aslan poster (above). We will keep you posted – let us know if you have any suggestions, and watch for a giveaway in the New Year!