28 May 2011

What a world, what a life... I’m in love!

Tonight, I’ve been catching up with my friends’ Flickr uploads. I particularly enjoyed reading the narrative a friend wrote for one of her photographs. It goes something almost exactly like this:
She said, “Oh, I fall in love at least twenty-eight times a day!”
He said, “No you don’t.”
She said, “Don’t you ever catch a stranger’s eye and your heart skips a beat, or hear someone laugh and it’s the most beautiful sound you’ve ever heard?”
He said, “That’s not love.”
... and then, “I’m making sure I never fall in love again.”
She had a feeling things weren’t going to go the way she’d hoped.
Click here to see the dramatically beautiful image that goes with those words.  Thank you, dear heart, dear friend, Tracie. Your words made me smile today.

♪♫ “I've got the world on a string...” ♪♫
Yes, of course things don’t always go the way we might hope, or imagine... but that doesn’t mean we won’t keep falling in love. I won’t. I’m not sure about “twenty-eight times a day,” but I certainly fall in love on a regular basis.

I fall in love with beauty, animate and inanimate. I fall in love, easily, with a smile. Falling in love with the expression on a stranger’s face, a look that speaks to me of joy. I find myself falling in love, more and more often, with easy, unthinking laughter.

I’m in love, always, with those moments when the comfort of friends wraps me in its effortless solace. And I fall in love, over and over again with the silent beauty, the solitude, the gentle stepping tranquility of meditative drawing.

These are the things that make my heart skip a beat. This is what makes living in this absurd, fabulous, nonsensical, achingly wonderful life so extraordinary.  

This love is what makes me want to sing about my love affair with life...

Without the voice of the divine Lena Horne, I express my love affair with life in the written word, but – best of all – by drawing out what’s captured the attention of my heart. Playing with pen and paper, watching the lines as they appear. Curious to see what form they may take each time.

This week, my pens played to the tune of the weekly Zentangle challenge game (#23) of another Diva, the unutterably sexy Laura Harms. [G’day, girlfriend!] She gave me a string for my pen-song (which I copied by hand, from the screen of my laptop).

And I give her this playful tile in exchange.
A pen-song, this time, that sang of my love affair with the whimsical.

“The Yellow Brick Road”
(Click image to embiggen)
Embrace the uncertain, welcome the unexpected...
but most of all,

Never stop falling in love... with LIFE!


  1. Lovely post and a lovely tangle! Thank you.

  2. Hello Kit *hug*

    I'm glad you like my photos and writing, I seem to be doing much more lately and liking it a lot better. I stopped caring if the photos looked super-professional or who would like them or how they would make me come across or whatever and decided (with inspiration from a friend) to just use them to filter my experiences and thoughts day-to-day.

    Now I take them for me and I write for me, but it seems that with this new freedom, other people are liking them too, which is what I always wanted but I had to let it go to find it : )

    Friends and inspiration and letting go are all nice things to think about on a Saturday morning! Thanks for bringing me there xxoxoxo

  3. Ah, Kit--from your lips to my heart. Wonderful post.

  4. Beautiful tile, beautiful words!

  5. Love your tile and your sharing. Everyone needs a little Love and a yellow brick road in their lives!

  6. I knew that was the Yellow Brick Road even before I scrolled to the title. :-) Glad you're back . . . Keep lovin!


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