Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Life is All About Priorities

Just recently, I've experienced some Pleasant Surprises when visiting the homes of Old Friends who I've sadly neglected for years & years & am now desperately trying to suck up to. The surprises have been around walking into a room in their house & suddenly discovering an artwork by me hanging up that I'd forgotten about. 
Last sunday I visited the wonderful art deco apartment of my old friend Jeni & her partner Mitch. Upon walking into their fabulously renovated study, I discovered the collage painting above, hanging over the mantlepiece. Of course, I immediately wondered if they'd quickly dragged the picture from the back of the cupboard & put it up just moments before I arrived. But I decided that I'd Let That Thought Go for once & just enjoy the thrill of seeing it.
You may or may not be able to read the text - Life is All About Priorities. It shows a merry group of Society Hobnobbers from the 50s relaxing in the front driveway of a House that has been severely earthquake damaged. 
I thought that this Silly Picture summed up my Current Mood & perhaps the moods of many of my fellow Australians right now. The death toll from the bushfires in the state of Victoria in South East Australia has just reached 181 & will probably rise to 200 by tomorrow morning. The charred remains of a family of three have just been found in their bath where they were sheltering. Hundreds & hundreds of people have lost everything , but the mood in the makeshift camps where people are gathering is one of gratitude to be alive. 
It certainly puts my little worries into perspective.


see you there! said...

News about the fires is so sad. You are right, puts things in perspective.

That's a great painting, no wonder it has earned itself a place in the home of your friends.


Della Street Dreaming said...

thank you Darla! News of the fires is just so horrific. Meanwhile, in Sydney, it's raining & uncharacteristically cold for this time of year. Perhaps Global Warming.

Sheila said...

My heart goes out to all of those poor people - such a horrible thing.

That's a wonderful painting! I'm sure it has been out all this time.