At My Art Table

What’s at my Art Table Wednesday

August 24, 2016


What is at My Art Table Wednesday?

This.  This is on my art table this week. The most important “art table project” I’ve ever done.  This is the week I dropped my son off at college.

My son.  The most significant and important creation I have been a part of.  The best choice I’ve ever made, the most awe-inspiring thing I have watched grow, change, blossom. Just like art.  It is true of him, my other two children, and husband as well. My family.

But this week it is this guys’ turn.  His turn to start something new, find independence, take off and fly (oh, dear God, please fly). It is significant for him to be sure, but let me tell you, it is super significant for this mamma too.  I swear I think parents should get some sort of award for raising a person. Taking care of another soul, guiding, directing, hoping, and staying the course.  Am I right?  It is hard work.  Not for the weary or faint of heart. That is what my husband and I always say to each other.

But, man, I love this  lil’ family of mine, this creation. My most lovely, honoring and lasting art project I have ever made.

I was going to post some art here this week, at least something since I promised I would.  But my heart tells me otherwise.  My heart says that this post can hold its’ own and should not be disrupted by another art piece, although loved and cherished, not nearly as important as this one.  This is a stand alone project, the most important of its kind.

I will be back next week with pretty stuff, new things going on around here that I am excited to share, some eye candy. So please come back for a visit. Thanks for the read everyone.



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  • Tammy August 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Get yourself a big bag of chocolate from Costco. Hide it. You will need it. I had no idea the impact of sending my babies off to college would have on me. And what an honor to devote your post to your son and your journey with him!! I am so glad I read your post.

    • shay michelle August 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Tammy! Don’t you know I ALREADY have a big bag of chocolate hidden in my pantry. I have had a secret mommy stash since the kids were toddlers! Haha! Really, thank you for that encouragement and I love that I am not alone in how bizarre, wonderful, hard, and awesome it really is. Thanks for reading!

  • Christine Halladay Everill August 24, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Congratulations Shay, this….this….this is so big, and I so get it!!!!, This deserves a celebration first for him and then when he is safely on his way to life a giant huge party for you. Because really, from there to here, oh I get it. The picture, wow it captures so much. Thank you for sharing this moment. Love you, Christine

    • shay michelle August 26, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Christine, I know you get it! It really does deserve some celebration for sure! I am glad you commented. Thank you!

  • autumn houston August 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    It is the craziest thing to watch them go. You summed it up so well! Bizarre, wonderful, hard and awesome.

    • shay michelle August 26, 2016 at 9:34 am

      It is so true! And so much more, really.

  • Tina August 28, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, I had goosebumps from the first sentence! What a wonderful milestone and what an incredible tribute. You have made me appreciate my own children even more by sharing this. It’s so easy to get bogged down with life’s chores, work, and life commitments hat we often don’t realize how important and timeless our contributions to our family are. Thank you, Shay.

  • Bonnie September 4, 2016 at 12:18 am

    This is certainly one of my favourite of your creations!! He will fly! I’m sure of that! Also … I adore this photo! I hope you have framed it!