Saturday, December 09, 2006

One step forward


Today has been busy. I've taken my mother shopping which is a one step forward, two steps back exercise. I have come to terms with it now by confirming to myself that I will not get anything achieved during my time out with her, but simply be the chauffeur, translator, finder of benches, locater of food, drink and washrooms and listener to endless stories of how things have increased in price and that wherever we are, things would always be easier, cheaper, or different at her usual store. I bite my tongue and tend to her needs then come home and collapse. Its tiring and reminds me in many ways of going out with a small child. The same set of skills come into play.

Tonight I planned on wrapping Christmas presents but never got around to it. Outside my mother's I slipped on ice and landed hard enough to jar a few things and create some unique aches and pains that weren't there before. So the sofa coaxed me to stay put for awhile and only in the last couple of hours have I managed to make any progress on the portrait of the child that I started earlier this week. I'll keep working on it over the next couple of days and then send it on its way. Freebie portraits aren't a bad thing, as long as they don't interfere with paying ones and they pay off in terms of goodwill and exposure.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jeanette, you are right it is exhausting and very much like caring for children. Unfortuantely I didn't go through that with my mom because she died around my age but I did alittle with my MIL, although there were daughters that took the biggest load. Hope you didn't hurt yourself too much, those falls are scary. The portrait is looking very good and I love the expression.

Jeanette Jobson said...

Thanks Mary. And for your concern. I still bounce, just not as well as I used to. :o)

Robin Neudorfer said...

So sorry that you are sore. Take it easy. Rest is always a good thing.