“Rien de Rien”
I really don’t. For those unfamiliar with Edith Piaf and/or French, basic translation of today’s soundtrack is no regrets, and for me it is always sung by a chanson whose life and voice are equally moving. It is one of my three favorite songs, and one I request be played if anyone insists on ever having a memorial service for me, assuming this dandelion ever dies.
I owe much of my finally moving forward again to a young and gifted artist who put a paintbrush in my hand freeing with music, color and movement the pain for which I could not find words.
I blogged yesterday, and then I painted yesterday and then I went to a barbecue with my SCA family who had Veggie dogs and grilled veggie kabob. (Plant based consideration in itself by a host leaves me verklempt, so add in chocolate porter and the kindness was transforming). I ended my perfect birthday week in the way I had begun it, with a group of lovely people who expect no more of me than just being unpredictable, imperfect me.
I made choices of who and what my soul needed, it all came together, admittedly there was not time to include everyone I love in my birthday celebration, and there are a few exceptional bits of human light and friendship where I am consistently unable to attain even temporary orbit these days. Life gets busy sometimes.
Those I chose to spend time with were ones I know see “me”, all of me without idealization, or its flip side of fear and blame. I gifted myself with those whose presence is always the best present. That’s what I gave myself for my birthday this year. An entire week of being just me
And it was just what I needed.
Yesterday I blogged, I painted, I partied with friends.
And then I came home and cried, and cried, and cried.
And today I woke with a headache but some of the blanket of grief lifted
I wanted to paint more, but I am out of paint, and I think I need some other brushes, so here I am listening to Edith Piaf Radio on Google because life is good, and I can.
I am still really struggling with words, but that’s okay…rien de rien