It occurred to me tonight as I hung this picture on my kitchen wall, that in more ways than one, I am surrounded by words.
I was attracted to the simplicity of the painting, the country scenery, and the cute little sheep on the hillside, but it was the words around the print that sealed the purchase;
“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” J.B. Priestly, 1894-1984
I suppose it is only natural that a writer, a word craftsman, would be inclined to purchase wall hangings and pictures that include some form of words as decoration, whether it be famous quotes or sayings that have some meaning to the buyer. My entryway practically screams “Bartlett’s Quotations.”
As you enter the house, on the wall to the right is this:
Happy Moments, Praise God
Difficult Moments, Seek God
Quiet Moments, Worship God
Painful Moments, Trust God
Every Moment, Thank God.
Amen to that.
And of course there are my lovely LIVE
and DREAM signs
And a wall where I hung a picture my sister Denise gave me, in between two bird pictures.
The top bird picture has this saying on it; The grand essentials of happiness; something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.- Alexander Chalmers
The lower bird picture has this saying; What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
And the meaningful saying from Denise?
I miss you now more than ever before, but I trust that God will open a door
And show me how to go on without you, to give me some hope and comfort too.
For you were my life and I loved you so dear, and it breaks my heart to not have you near
But life goes on, and I will too. I just wish it wouldn’t go on without you.
All My Love- Barbara Lloyd, 2006
Every time I walk past that wall, I think of Denise giving me that picture, with the knowledge that she cares about me.
In the hallway hangs the wooden board my mother carved the words from one of Neil Diamond’s songs into, about the old man who’d died and left a wooden table he’d hand carved, and his children didn’t care; “they simply looked away.” Sad song, but beautiful wall decoration my mother created from an actual table leaf!
And then, of course, there is the word taped to my desk; a small piece of paper I pulled from a poster at the library that said “Take what you need.”
What about you? Are there things on your walls that bring you pleasure every time you see them? Are you, too, surrounded by words?