Dahn, one of the women that I traveled to India with a couple of years ago, told me I had a childlike sense of wonder.
I remember when she said it.
We were in Bolpur and I was looking at a huge hand woven covered basket used to store grain. I had never seen anything like it and I wanted to know more. How it was made, how long had the people in this village been creating and using such containers.
But my interest wasn’t only intellectual. When I looked at the giant covered basket, I felt a sense of awe yet it was also somehow familiar. A wave of nostalgia hit me, like it was something I had once known.
At another point in my life I would have taken Dahn’s words as an insult.
Growing up I was taught that “curiosity killed the cat.” For some reason to be curious or questioning was seen as a feminine attribute, which was inherently inferior and weak minded.
So I learned to suppress my sense of wonder.
But suppressing my curious mind and heart created a longing in me that was unfulfillable. Not being able to express all that I witnessed dulled my eyes, so I forgot how to see.
I had some friends along the way who understood and appreciated my wonder. Some moments of stepping though the doorway into who I really was and being able to transform my experience of the wonders I encountered, into something tangible that was satisfying to me.
But mostly, I was quiet.
That changed when I met Jon and witnessed his curiosity. I had finally met someone who wasn’t afraid to admit he didn’t know something. Someone who believed that smart, creative and interesting people were naturally curious.
Jon not only accepted, but delighted in my sense of wonder about the world around me.
Now I live in that space on the other side of the doorway. I not only allow, but depend on my curiosity to keep me wondering, to keep my eyes wide open to see what’s in front of them. Now, through my art and my blog, I have a way of expressing what I see and feel and of being fulfilled by it.
My new fabric painting “What Do You Wonder” is about embracing, honoring and acting on our sense of wonder.
It’s a reminder to see and be curious about the tiniest, most insignificant seeming thing that’s right in front of us. As Socrates (the philosopher not the snail) said, “Wisdom beings in Wonder.”
“What Are You Wondering?” is 19 1/2x 20 1/2″ and is Sold. $175 + $10 shipping.
It’s for sale in my Etsy Shop, or you can email me at [email protected]
You can read more about my process making “What Are You Wondering” here.
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Maria- I just happened to turn to my phone and saw this go up. I have loved it since the first look and I feel like I just won the lottery. I can shop and click like a pro. Reading about your sense of wonder made it all the better. I am looking forward to it arriving.
Thank you so much for loving it so much to want it Diane. I’m so glad it will be yours. And now it’s in the mail, on its way to you!
Happy International Women ‘s Day!
Thanks for your work!
Same to you Petra and thank you!
Amazing, as always.
I recently heard for the first time the conclusion of the cat metaphor “satisfaction brought it back”. Yes!
Oh Nancy I just love that. Like the reinterpretation of fairy tales by feminists such as Angela Carter and Clarissa Pinkola Estes, it finally makes sense to me. Thank you!
I love the way you share your creative journey with us readers. I have worked mostly in libraries all my life and library folk are a very curious bunch (pun intended).
Thank you for your curiosity and sense of wonder. It opens my eyes and heart on many levels.
Thank you Katherine, for reading and letting me know now. I love libraries and have always imagined they must be wonderful places to work.