Cutting the lemon
leaves a little cathedral:
alcoves unguessed by the eye
that opens acidulous glass
to the light; topazes
riding the droplets,
aromatic facades. - Pablo Neruda
My friend Heidi dropped by the other day and brought my mother and I a beautiful sunny lemon, fresh from her brother's California backyard. I didn't even have to slice into it to be cheered by its optimistic hue and bright scent. No need to make lemonade! Never underestimate the power of color and fragrance to lift spirits and inspire a little bit of happiness.
I brought my painting supplies to Tacoma but honestly haven't been feeling that creative spark that usually gets my brushes flying. But the brilliant yellow resting against the simple blue and white of my mother's transferware does beg to be painted.
I'm energized by these lemon lovelies by Jennifer Boswell, a Santa Barbara artist inspired by the architecture and landscapes around her home. Can't you just smell the citrus groves?
And the talented Polly Jones and her cup of lemon tea. Polly's work captures the fleeting joys of life.
My theory is that if you keep a list of the little things that bring you joy, a moment of happiness is never too far away.
What's on your happy list?
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the continued thoughts and prayers! XO