I am still in Greece and am headed home in one fast week! Time is flying by with my plane ride home a huge punctuation mark in my mind, sometimes dreadful, sometimes not coming fast enough. I feel the whole year right now like a backpack I’m carrying.
I am on the island of Paros, taking embroidery lessons from a woman named Maria. For the past two weeks I took a figure drawing workshop at an incredibly beautiful art school, as a closure treat to myself. It has ended up a nice foil to my textile project — I don’t meet with Maria very often but in the midst of trying to keep up with the workshop it makes me realize how slow, how interpersonal, and how at odds with modern life this project has been. My comfort with it is completely unique to this year and is so satisfying to feel.
I work on Maria’s porch with her five gold necklaces practically blinding me in the sun. She sits with me the whole time, silently because she doesn’t speak English, and sometimes surprises me by erupting passionately into Greek on the phone. She seems fine just sitting there, half the time ripping out my stitches with a jovial chuckle that makes me not mind. Her house is modern with Byzantine icons all over the place, and she has eight cats, one of which vomited on the couch while she was out of the room. I didn’t say anything, which was pretty classic. We can’t talk to each other anyways!
It is amazing how much body language says, I have to keep my body very relaxed to show I am doing fine and am not worried and she has to do the same. Her face has the kindest expression the whole time, which I really appreciate.
When I am not with Maria I am at the beach. I didn’t know water could be this color without coolaid involved! I met great people in the workshop and I feel myself transitioning back to normal life with them alongside me. What a year it has been!!!!
I am going to do a short slideshow of my photos and some presenting/talking about my experience at my house on August 9th – and if you are reading this you are invited! Whoever can make it or is interested is welcome, and feel free to invite anyone who might be as well. More details about the time are to come, I have one more post coming! For the Love family, I know we have a gathering in Lincoln soon after that that might make it difficult to come so if you are coming to Medal Day on the 14th (hint it’s Tony Morrison this year you should come!) I could to do something afterwards.
sending coolaid water and sun wrinkles,