The 2009/2010 academic school year is now officially over. I attended graduation last night and begin my summer vacation this morning! I realized the other day that this will be my first summer off in 5 years; my second summer off in 8 years. I now know why I am so excited to just stay home.
I am allowing myself this weekend to decompress and then I hope to start some new summer routines on Monday – which include house cleaning, meal planning, fitness walking, daily writing and lots and lots of reading!
|Interior with a Book (Diebenkorn)|
In the meantime I want to share a painting with you that I saw at the Nelson-Atkins Museum last week when my brother and sister-in-law came into town. As I have mentioned before, my education in the area of art appreciation has been sorely lacking in my life, but that is something that I want to remedy. I have taken it upon myself to learn more about Impressionism, and the artistic eras that come right before and right after. Somehow, however, modern art eludes me — which just happens to be the specialty of Rodger and Liz. So….we spent some time in the European Painting section of the museum, and then ventured over to the new wing which houses the modern art. I was particularly struck by this painting, and have found myself pondering its image all week.
There is something so very peaceful, tranquil, serene about this single chair on the porch of a beach house with a well-worn book on the table. I can almost hear the ocean’s waves lap the sandy beach and feel the soft shore breeze on my neck. This is heaven on earth to me. This is my ideal form of retirement. The only thing missing for me would be a cup of coffee on the table (if it were morning) – or a glass of chardonnay (if it were evening). This is all I need for total contentment.