From the journal of Margaret Berry (my maternal grandmother) - as a young woman, I think maybe in the early 1940's, she wrote:
"I want to be an attractive, well groomed woman - with a good and loving relationship with my husband, my children and grandchildren.
I want to feel close to, and be a part of the rest of my family and the community. I want to have friends. I want to have an attractive comfortable home there.
I want to work at something interesting that also seems to me to be a way to serve. I would like to have a part-time job with time left to do other things I enjoy.
I want to keep learning and to be able to adjust well to the changes that are a part of life.
I want to be able to overcome the destructive tendencies that cause me to be other than what I want to be.
I do not want to live with regret and disgust but with *awareness* of trying, of caring about myself and others and of life itself!"
This painting is of an old black and white photo of my grandmother on a swing, probably around the time she wrote that, probably somewhere in Paris, Tennessee.
I am so happy to say, she outdid herself.