A few weeks ago, I traveled to New York City and had the opportunity to catch up with an old college friend. We lose touch with each other from time to time, but she always makes it easy to reconnect. So I’m sitting in this little cafe sipping artisanal hot chocolate, when JD shows up carrying this bundle.
“Sorry I’m late,” she says setting the bundle on the chair. “You been here long?”
I reassure her that she’s not late. She isn’t looking at me. She’s unwrapping and unzipping. And she’s kind of doing this sing-songy thing that I’ve never heard her do before, but y’know, we haven’t seen each other in a while, so what do I know. But then the bundle turns out to have arms and legs and a precious face. And I learn that my friend has adopted this baby. At fifty years old, my friend is finally a mother.
JD lets me hold her daughter.
Y’all, it’s been forever since I’ve held a baby.
And she smells sooooo good.
And she falls asleep in my arms.
When my friend goes to the bathroom, I take several
million photos of her daughter and I just know that eventually I will paint something to honor this amazing thing that my friend has done.
Inspired by the visit with my friend and her new daughter, I’ve been working on something since Thanksgiving and this morning I woke up early to finish it. and I wanted to share it with you. The writing in the background is an excerpt of a poem that I wrote while JD and I were students together in college. I think it was written in response to something I’d read by Lucille Clifton or bell hooks or some other feminist poet. It reads:
stand proud & tall
cover the lawn
when they come
dandelions be proud flowers
always grow back.
Some See Wish is a 24×36″ multimedia piece featuring acrylic paint, oil pastels, colored pencils, vintage papers, antique stamps, and a few strategically placed gemstones. If you’re interested in this piece andwould like to see it in greater detail (or if you’d like to see any of my work), you can find me on my website at RASJACOBSON or shoot me a message. (Prints are just $10 + S&H.)
It’s never too late to make your dreams come true.
In 10 words or less, tell me what baby-step you’ve taken to keep moving in the direction of your dreams?
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