Who knew that lemons were rather difficult to paint? I realize now that I’ve never painted more than a slice, but the actual lemon itself is a subtle descent into madness. And I only had a few short minutes to paint, because it’s the official start of a delightful 4-day holiday weekend. I’m excited for the food that will come for Thanksgiving tomorrow, of course, but I’m perhaps even more excited to have a long extended break. Friday, for some will be another descent into madness if they brave going to physical retail stores in search of deals. For decades, the day after Thanksgiving has marked the official start of the holiday shopping season here in the States and is referred to as Black Friday. Philippe asked me why, as it does sound a bit odd, and I had to admit that I didn’t really know. Apparently, the first use was in reference to the heavy traffic caused by people and cars, but many have since attributed it to the profits that retailers expect to make, moving from “in the red” to “in the black.” Either way, we’ll be avoiding the crowds and shopping online instead.
There’s also Cyber Monday, which was created as a way to keep the shopping frenzy going even past the weekend. Though I have to admit to never really having that many gifts to buy. My family stopped giving individual gifts years ago and my immediate family is rather tiny. That said, I do realize now that I’ve not given Philippe a full and proper shopping list, so I should probably correct that. I’m pretty sure he knows that the little child and total geek that I am I would like a Lego BB-8. That would be a reminder if he actually read my blog posts, so if he’s forgotten, then I can only hope Santa actually does read my blog. That would be pretty awesome actually! Santa, if you’re listening, stay tuned for more! But, in truth, I really just like the unwrapping of a gift and am tickled by whatever is inside. Surprises are just fun in their own right. Though seriously, one of them really needs to be a Lego BB-8.
For Philippe’s part, he’s looking at various things for the kitchen, but I will simply insist that he also has toys. The second you get only sensible things for Christmas is the second you realize you’re just getting old. That’s why I always request something childish and awesome each year. Sure, like a kid, I’ll play with it in the moment and forget about it before the New Year, but that’s the entire point! It’s such a beautiful experience to enjoy something intensely for a moment in time. It’s transformative. Sensible things will always be around to remind of us of real life, but getting something silly and fun reminds us of being alive. Of having those dreams that only kids could possibly believe in, and thinking, no knowing, that the world will somehow bend our way. So, yeah, I’ll always believe that life is generally awesome and fantastic and all good things are possible, even on those days when I just end up with a bit of lemon.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Red Rose Deep, and Ultramarine Violet. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.