Seeing the footage of World War I, the Depression and World War II gave me a greater appreciation for the challenges that my family members lived through. It gave me a greater appreciation for the opportunities which came out of adversity, and the character that resulted. And the work! The hard, hard work that people did then to make ends meet. The hard hard work that our people did to meet the evils of the time face on. There are so many lessons there.
In these past couple of months I have been making some changes in my house, and have also been thinking a lot while I wield a paint roller. Deep thoughts about what the direction of our world is, and what it will hold for both my children, but particularly my autistic son. The Roosevelts were an action oriented family! Eleanor Roosevelt is an interesting character to read about, a woman who worked hard to make a difference in her world, which was very dark at times. She did this in a time when it was not natural for women to think and speak so boldly.
I am still thinking, and still painting. After I finish painting my cabinets I will return to art making. But also I will be focusing on how to make a practical difference in this present world.