Nadine’s Art Challenge: Rituals and Routines
OK, apart form Earl Grey tea in the morning, (without which I would die!), and my daily phone call with Robbie when we’re in separate countries, I really have very few rituals or routines. I mean, I brush and floss and all that mundane everyday stuff, and, although I try to paint and go to yoga every day, it’s not really ritualistic or necessarily routine.
But last year, when Chloe was in Japan, for a while I had a daily ritual of making and sending her a postcard.
I loved that!
I’d just head down to Booklovers, Dalyce’s used book store, pick up some fun, old magazines and collage a postcard.
Turned out my favourite magazines for this project were the Coronet magazines from the ’30s and ’40s, and glossy 1980s rich home and lifestyle types.
Then I would look thru my collection of vintage but still viable stamps and stick on as many as possible to make the $2.50 postage, after all, it’s so boring to just stick one stamp on when you can use five or six for the same postage!
I didn’t share very many of these cards anywhere. I never posted them to social media because I wanted C to be the first to see them, and the only people who saw a few were Robbie, Dalyce, Jonathan and Kerstin and people who I took a card to to write a well wish on, and my neighbour Renee, who often was outside gardening when I took a card to the post. Oh, and the lady in the post office where I went to buy a strange assortment of small cent stamps to make up said $2.50.
Chloe said that the cards were invaluable to her. She said she carried a few with her every day to give her strength and remind her of home.
I tried to make the cards reflect what was going on in C’s life; her first day teaching, the monsoon season of perpetual damp, some, more personal ones to give her encouragement, or to reassure her that she would be fine, or send her a recipe for avocado toast…
And I sent them from Vancouver and, when I switched countries, I sent them from England.
Now I tend to have a very flighty nature, (read butterfly brain!) and in a few months C started to feel better in Japan, and for me, life and jet lag and projects and art and work began taking over my time, and the cards slowed down to three per week, then two, then one.
And now Chloe is home from her year away and has brought all of her postcards back with her. She treasures them and gave me permission to show you some.
It was all such a grand adventure.
Thank you so much Nadine for hosting our Art Challenge this week. Pop over to our Woolfie Girl to see everyone else’s rituals and routines. Does anyone want to host next week? Let me know and I can send out a mass email. 😀