05 June 2005
vintage aprons & tidbid of wisdom
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amy this is for you!! all the vintage aprons my pal from paper monkey grabbed from a clean out session of her grandmas.... they rock! you can see them all in a flickr set . i love your idea for people to tie one on and make their own aprons.... hopefully at some point i'll have a moment to participate!
i spent a good portion of yesterday and today outside in the garden. we now have our tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, basil and hot peppers planted and some flowers to fill in spots - still more to go! i'm dying to do a mass planting of ladybird poppies this year... i think i have the perfect space! if i can't be in the studio i'll take being in the garden. playing in the dirt. other than the occasional spider freak out it's all good.... i did get a bunch of grading done today too.... of course there is still more, but at least i made a dent.... phew! i had this funny feeling while debating between giving a B or B- to a student - who KNEW that someday i would be trying to assign a value to someone's work.... it's not really too fun, you know? sometimes it completely obvious that something is an "A" or a "C" (not enough work!) but then there are all the inbetweens, and if you like the student and they don't do so well it's hard to stay objective and not cut them some slack....
i got an email from a very dear person the other day and it contained this story about a woman named "rose" who was 87 and went back to school at UC berkeley. she apparently made friends w/ all the students and they had her speak at a banquet.... even though this borders on the sappy - it really got to me! so i'm going to share it:
"We do not stop playing because we are old; we grow old because we stop playing. There are only four secrets to staying young, being happy, and achieving success. You have to laugh and find humor every day. You've got to have a dream.
When you lose your dreams, you die. We have so many people walking around who are dead and don't even know it!
There is a huge difference between growing older and growing up. If you are nineteen years old and lie in bed for one full year and don't do one productive thing, you will turn twenty years old. If I am eighty-seven years old and stay in bed for a year and never do anything I will turn eighty-eight.
Anybody can grow older. That doesn't take any talent or ability. The idea is to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. The elderly usually don't have regrets for what we did, but rather for things we did not do. The only people who fear death are those with regrets."