In praise of friends...life and art

The Jackson County Museum of Art holds a collection of paintings by George Caleb Bingham. Bingham was known for his paintings of life along the frontier and his portraits. The museum was closed the day we visited. "The Curious Women" peeked through the mail slot to venture a gaze. (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Independence, MO.  If I'd been on my "artistic toes" I would have had the ladies switch positions for better "figure to ground" composition.  But, hey...we were in the moment!

The Jackson County Museum of Art holds a collection of paintings by George Caleb Bingham. Bingham was known for his paintings of life along the frontier and his portraits. The museum was closed the day we visited. "The Curious Women" peeked through the mail slot to venture a gaze. (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Independence, MO.  If I'd been on my "artistic toes" I would have had the ladies switch positions for better "figure to ground" composition.  But, hey...we were in the moment!

"Friendship...is one of those things which give value to survival"  -  C.S. Lewis

The inspiration for today's blog structure is the song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen - which has been running non-stop through my head since my return from Missouri.

Friendship goes like this...

There is a sacred voice that travels the infinite web of karma and kismet. A calling of recognition floats along the ether until it lands in the souls of a select group.  "Hey, meet me in the 20th to 21st century."

My number is three. There are three of us.

I have known Cyndy longer than the ages of our older sons. I have known Mary longer than the age of her younger daughter.

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah

To Kill a Mockingbird or Perry Mason?  "Jackson County courtroom" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Independence, MO.  This court room is in the courthouse where Harry Truman presided as judge.

To Kill a Mockingbird or Perry Mason?  "Jackson County courtroom" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Independence, MO.  This court room is in the courthouse where Harry Truman presided as judge.

Friendship goes like this...

We nurture these friendships to heal from other relationships which have failed us; those that hindered our coming into ourselves.  Sometimes we grow out of those relationships; sometimes we divorce them. Sometimes we stagger through serial "hindering" episodes - only to fall into the grace held by loving friends.

We nurture these friendships to re-balance our souls, our lives, our days, our thoughts, our work, our art.

We get to be our Selves. We celebrate the gentle one. We applaud the one who dances in her living room. We value the words and stories of the serial adventurer.

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah

"Community of Christ Temple" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Independence, MO.  Such a very strange structure.  I get the architectural metaphor...and I'm wondering...could it have been executed with more symmetry?  As is, it makes my brain itch. Community of Christ was formerly known as "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." 

"Community of Christ Temple" (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016, Independence, MO.  Such a very strange structure.  I get the architectural metaphor...and I'm wondering...could it have been executed with more symmetry?  As is, it makes my brain itch. Community of Christ was formerly known as "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." 

Mary went outside to take a phone call. I couldn't resist the fairy sitting beside her silhouette.  "Mary and the fairy with a price tag" (c) Rebecca LaChance 2016. Lees' Summit, MO.

Mary went outside to take a phone call. I couldn't resist the fairy sitting beside her silhouette.  "Mary and the fairy with a price tag" (c) Rebecca LaChance 2016. Lees' Summit, MO.

Mary walks the labyrinth at Unity Village. Cyndy waits patiently for us, even though she is freezing! I take photos. (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Lee's Summit, MO.

Mary walks the labyrinth at Unity Village. Cyndy waits patiently for us, even though she is freezing! I take photos. (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Lee's Summit, MO.

Friendship goes like this...

We accompany each other through our vulnerabilities. And we are privy to the triumphs of each.  Our friendship is the grace of bearing witness to each other, and for each other, over and over and over...and then, again. We hold the raw edges that allow the Light to enter after we break.

We are anchored in the knowledge that someone dear values our past, our present, our future. We feel solid knowing our depths are precious to another. We believe in each other. We walk together on a journey which may be nearly impossible to travel alone.

We have shared the cries of joy and the choked murmurs of a broken prayer.

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah

"Cool cloud formation over Kansas City" (c) Rebecca LaChance 2016, Kansas City, MO.  I credit Mary & Cyndy with spotting this formation and bringing it to my attention.  See, your friends look out for you in all your endeavors.

"Cool cloud formation over Kansas City" (c) Rebecca LaChance 2016, Kansas City, MO.  I credit Mary & Cyndy with spotting this formation and bringing it to my attention.  See, your friends look out for you in all your endeavors.

"Kansas City Skyline on a bright day". (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Kansas City, MO.  This view can be seen from the park that sits just below Childrens Mercy Hospital.  Kansas City is much bigger than I thought! How provincial of me...  

"Kansas City Skyline on a bright day". (c) Rebecca LaChance, 2016. Kansas City, MO.  This view can be seen from the park that sits just below Childrens Mercy Hospital.  Kansas City is much bigger than I thought! How provincial of me...

 

Friendship goes like this...

Do I touch their lives with the depth they have given me?  I've done my best. I'm not sure it's enough.

And, if there is a God above, I send a blaze of thanks for these friends. They help me be a better woman.

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah...

Hallelujah

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Til next week

Expect the best. Anything else is an adventure.

Rebecca

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*Other inspirations used in this post:

Annie Lamott, "Small Victories"

David Whyte, " Readers' Circle, 2011-2012"