This Spring, I started a line of fibers I dyed based on snapshots from my adventures. They capture truly terrific moments, and of course there is a story behind it! This colorway was inspired by the following story:
I actually spend a lot of time on the road. I think last year, traveling for teaching, shows, presentations and more logged about 4500 miles on my lil ol self. That's a lot of sights and sounds, a lot of great tunes and boring ads.
You get to see a lot of things that turn your head. Things that make you shake your head. I remember one time seeing a homemade trailer with chickens and you could see their little feathers rattling in the wind from all the sides. Mind you, I was eating McDonald's chicken nuggets at the same time, and slurping a coke, my travel drink of choice. Needless to say, sometimes you see the oddest things.
I've seen cars I've wondered how they are even holding together, let alone passing me, on the interstate. I've seen horse trailers, equipment trailers, houses on trailers, and questionable trailers. I think the scariest thing I saw was a semi-truck driver texting while he was driving. REALLY? DUDE! You are driving 78 feet of vehicle and now is the time to reply to that text? Anywho....
One of the best things I can see is a beautiful sunset on my way home. What this usually means is I've had a long but happy day, seen and met and taught, and now I'm headed back on the road richer for the experience. The smiles and laughs we share, the satisfaction of knowing I've enriched people's lives with creativity, and the joy I feel is a warmth glowing within me. Watching a glowing sun sink into the horizon is just another confirmation that the day has come to a close and the chapter of that day has come to the end.
Sometimes when things don't go all so well and there are aggravations at every side, it is just as comforting to know the day comes to a close and there is another chance with a new dawn. This is when I am especially glad to be coming home.
Coming home to a place of familiarity and comfort. Coming home to the ones I love. Coming home to a place where I can recharge and rest for a new day ahead. Coming home, away from the chaos of the outside world and into the quiet of my own soul.
It means so many things for us. When I see the sun beginning to sink and clouds start to dance into twilight, I am amazed at its' fleeting beauty. There are so many times when I take a snapshot in my mind because it disappears far too quickly. But the ones I do capture show a little bit of what my eye deems unique- light that illuminates and radiates, shadows that envelop their surroundings with shifting obscurity and color that is electrifying.
When you come home,capture these moments in your heart and be thankful. After all, as my Dad says, sunsets are really just postcards from heaven.