Monday, 29 March 2010
Nobody I'd rather be wrecked with :-) Lev at Dulas 2010
There had been a massive build up to my show on Saturday, with loads of late nights, printer problems, printing problems, mounting, titling, framing, cleaning and general gallery preparation. The day came and went and as usual that huge anti-climax after the event, that sudden calm of non activity, the sudden lack of direction, the sudden shock of tiredness.
And then came Lev :-) I love my little nephew as if he were my own son, we are as close as peas in a pod, though I know Taid (his Welsh Grandad is another of those peas!) This was the first time Lev had spent a full day with his Uncle Glyn and Aunty Carol and funnily enough I was just a little anxious that he'd be bored or needed things to do which I would have no knowledge of.
I needn't have worried, this chatty little gem of a kid was a non stop powerhouse of excitement energy and chatter. He took huge delight in the natural wonders of Anglesey. He adores the beach, the sea, scrambling over rocks, exploring caves, getting wet, throwing stones competitions, rock pooling, running around like a chased rabbit, bright eyed and bushy tailed :-)
Lev in one of the 6 major caves we explored.
I had plans to talk with him about making pictures and looking at small details in his world, but his life is ALL about the bigger picture at the moment. I was infected by his enthusiasm for everything, I revelled in his hugs and gorgeous smiles, I was elated by his chatter and I wore a mega smile the whole day. This was the best antidote in the world to a quiet exhibition launch.
To share my landscape with my nephew, who so obviously adores the natural world as much as I do was a great privilege. I felt even more connected to him than usual. Looking at this tiny little human being (he of course to everyone else is a big boy :-)) and the vulnerability of life and the sudden astute awareness of my own age, and life passing by at a pace, was as humbling as the roar of the sea or the sky high clouds scudding across the blue universe above.
Life is very precious and yet it is so short. It just goes to re-affirm the old saying that every day counts, and we should enjoy the present rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
With all my love to my wonderful nephew. I will never forget this first special day together, ever.
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