Beguiled Again Red Poppies
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Archival Panel
Beguiled Again is the newest painting in Flower Mound Studio, as I continue work on a new large container garden for my annual solo show on beautiful Coronado Island, near San Diego California April 20. I hope to see you there.
I've been away from the blog for a few days spending time with my mom. When the hospice care first came to us, they shared a progression of stages we should come to expect. Denial is an incredible thing, it protects us from so much, but denial can only stand up for so long when reality pushes in. Mom is now rarely able to make it off of her bed and into the kitchen. Her strength is declining. This morning I watched my Aunt Bitsy sit beside her, as mom whispered to her how much she loved Bits, and thanked her for everything she has done for her. Bitsy sat beside her, her arms wrapped around Mom, gently rocking, as mom's lips moved and her hands held Bitsy's.
As the family conversation floated around me in the kitchen and the dishwasher ran and life continued unabated, I watched this quiet scene unfold. It was a glimpse of grace, a revelation of the progression of life as it moves to a conclusion, and a gift given to my aunt, whose heart is so very tender she cannot bear to even hear of the death of a bird or animal without leaving the room.
I know there will come a time very soon when my Mom is no longer here, and my anchor is gone and I am adrift. Each kiss, each word and each moment with her now will be all that sustains me. I'm so very thankful for this time with her.