Something special happened on Friday when I went to the Gee’s Bend exhibit in Brattleboro. Something besides seeing the art and meeting the artists.
It started when I got the email from Krisitin. I don’t know Krisitin, but she reads my blog. When she saw that there was a Gee’s Bend Exhibit in Brattleboro, she emailed me to let me know. And she seemed almost as excited to tell me as I was to get her email. We sent a couple of messages back and forth and I got to know a little about Krisitin through her blog and a video of her art. She’s a self-taught artist who uses the inside of her house as her canvas. I could see that she too shares something with the quilters of Gee’s Bend. The desire to create and the confidence to do it without needing anyone’s approval. I was so glad to be able to give Kiristin a big thank you hug when I saw her at the exhibit later that evening.
Then, there was Jon’s reaction when I texted him about the exhibit. He was on his way home from the Chiropractor. His back had him in pain for days. He called me immediately with a bunch of questions about what we needed to do to get to Brattleboro in time. One of them was getting in touch with Deb, who watches the animals, to let the dogs out while we were gone. She answered cheerfully, happy to visit with everyone on the farm. Once again, I thought of how lucky we were to have Deb in our lives.
I was so excited I never even asked Jon how his back was. And though he teased me about it, and later told me he was feeling better but was supposed to rest, not for a minute did he hesitate about making the trip. He dropped any idea’s he had about how he was going to spend the rest of the day and an hour after he got home we set off to Brattleboro.
When you love someone you want them to be happy and fulfilled. And without giving yourself away, you’ll do what it takes to help make that happen. In Jon’s reaction to my text I saw his love for me in action. He wanted this for me as much as I wanted to go. And he wanted to be there with me. He knew how important it was to me. I know how special this is, because I know what it’s like to be with someone who doesn’t know and doesn’t care.
Love shows itself in so many ways. Last Friday night I felt myself surrounded by love. From the thoughtfulness of someone I didn’t know, to being grateful to have someone like Deb in my life, who can help out in a pinch, to a man who loves me and lets me know in a million different ways.