Matt took this photo for me and when he saw it, he said, "Oh, Mom, let me retake it as I didn't notice that flower had ragged petals with a hole in one of them." (Click on photo to enlarge.) I looked at it and said, "Matt, it is perfect...I want this shot with the flaws...life doesn't have to be perfect...I like this flower just the way it is...maybe more because of the flaws." It's been a week of appreciating the flaws in life...the photo seems perfect to me...just beautiful, flaws and all...seeing that perfect working order isn't always necessary to have something be beautiful just the way it is. Sometimes it is nice to slow down, take a break, appreciate what is there, and not to try to organize it into perfection...perfection isn't necessary in the long run for anything this beautiful. This flower, flaws and all, is just beautiful, don't you think? I love the circle in the center that surrounds what looks like a heart shape. The circle feels like a big hug. I love the warm orange color reaching out from the center and blending into the yellow, separate but somehow together. Just beautiful. Just perfect the way it is.
READING: Vatican Museums (Still reading this as I keep reading, stopping to look up other works by the same artists, etc....am savoring it and making it last a long time!)
POOLSIDE READING: The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Matt needs to read it this summer for Guerin reading list and I had not read it since high school...am reading it with more knowledge now about the McCarthy era in the 50's and Miller and his contemporaries at the time caught up in the zeal of all of that...don't you love going back and reading stuff from high school and college now that you are older, wiser, and more adult?)
LISTENING TO: An Afternoon of Jazz...Mark loves Jazz, and so for his birthday, it's been all Jazz all afternoon!