Friday, April 25, 2008

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue


With quite a few of my friends and family members getting married soon, I've found myself rifling through my memory boxes for my own momentos. The day of my wedding was all a blur that I don't even remember what my something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue were! I think the something new was the gold necklace one of my Chinese great-aunts gave me. The something blue may have been the blue lace trim on my garter belt, but I'm not sure!

Going through my boxes of memories (the same boxes that my drawings and paintings were tucked away in), I found this scrunched up piece of paper:
I wrote this list on July 23, 2001. This was years before I'd meet Hubby. This was years before I found out the Island even existed! This was years before I'd realize what a real relationship was like and how a real boyfriend was supposed to treat me.

On the list, I wrote a few things that were important to me when it came to "the right guy for me". This is something I carried with me for years. I had this piece of paper folded up in my wallet to remind me to never settle for anything less than I deserve. It was my own personal mantra of sorts. When I read this list today, I was surprised to see that Hubby is everything on that list and more :) This is my something old.

My something new is easy. Farming is totally new to me. Never in a million years would I have imagined I'd end up married to a farmer and living on an island that I had never even heard of up until five years ago! I do love the fact that we live "close to the land", we grow our own produce, we're active and outdoors a lot, we understand and appreciate the beauty of life and birth and can experience all sorts of little miracles each day. The one thing I'm still having difficulty with is the death part. Losing calves during birthing or from weakness has got to be one of the hardest things a person could ever experience. I'm not sure if anyone can ever 'get used to' this part of farming. It's hard. This is my something new.
My something borrowed is the beach we got married on. We didn't exactly 'borrow' it, but we did ask for permission to get married on that beach. It's my favourite beach on the Island. Hubby and I used to go for walks at sunset when we were dating. We still try to get some time in so we can go for our strolls at sunset every now and then. It's a spectacular beach. Fine white sand, clear turquoise water...It's almost hard to believe that this beach is in Ontario!
My something blue is a series of paintings I did in my "blue" period. LOL! ;) Almost everything I painted during that period was blue! This is one of my pieces. It's supposed to be stylized and not an accurate rendering of the human form. I've got a few other pieces I'd like to post, but they're too large to scan. One of them is a drawing in pastels that is titled Tristesse.

Do you have any things in your life right now that are old, new, borrowed and blue? If so, what are they?

12 comments:

t said...

hey chris! tristesse was always one of my favorite pieces of yours. there is just so much emotion in that piece

i'm not even gonna touch that last post of yorus! it's way too serious a post! lololol! contests, i love but political and social matters i stray away from. you know mw, avoid conflict whenever possilbe!

have a gerat weekend! and i'll talk to you soon!

C said...

T:
Thanks! I'll have to post a photo of Tristesse for you :)
I'm off to lunch with some girlfriends today but if you want to call, I should be home tonight. If not, I'll be home tomorrow night. I can call you if you like. TTYL! XO

jan said...

From my friends who grew up on farms, they tell me that experiencing death is never easy, but they have a more philosophical approach to the circle of life than city people do.

BeachMama said...

I love your painting! I didn't know you painted, you should show your work.

Shannon said...

That was very heartfelt and sweet. It's funny how life doesn't necessarily turn out the way we plan- sometimes it's even better :)

japanmanpete said...

Oh bugger! This is such a girly post! My something old: shoes which need to be replaced.

Something new: lovely new laptop I purchased in Akihabara. Have you been there C? Brilliant place if you love electronic gadgets.

Something borrowed: 1000 yen which I forgot to return to my mate for our piss up last night. 1000 yen does not get you far!

Something blue: My left toe as I slammed the bloody door on it this morning.

Just to confuse you, you do know that your night time now is our morning tomorrow for you, yea? Just messing with you.

-Pete

Uncivil said...

Hmmmmmm.....I'm with japanman on the girlie post. I do like your something blue....er something erotic?

louann said...

This is a great post. I love the way you put it all together =)

C said...

Jan:
That's so true. That's exactly what my husband tells me.

Beach Mama:
It's been a hobby of mine since I was a kid. I had some formal training but didn't continue because I'm the type of person who doesn't take criticism well...even if it's constructive. After my brief stint with the painting lessons, I just ended up making a hobby out of it.

Shannon:
You are so right! It is amazing how our lives turn out. One never really knows what will happen :)

C said...

Pete:
You are too funny!
To answer your question, I have never been to Akihabara. That's the place in the Tokyo neighbourhood where you can find whatever electronic goods your heart desires, right? I hear the prices are good too. I've only been to Tokyo once. I don't like super packed cities with lots of people. I hate crowds.

Uncivil:
Hehehe! How did I know you'd say something like that? ;)

Louann:
Awww, thanks :) I'm off to your blog now. Sorry for being such a delinquent blogger. I haven't had much time on the computer these days.

Jeanna said...

Hey C., they did a parody of that hilarious Idol video you posted on MAD TV last night, did you see it? Very funny.
Old - I still have the old stereo speakers I borrowed from an old boyfriend that made me blue. What else is new.

hotmommy said...

love this post chris!

Old: my grandmother's wedding ring
New: the cold my little boy passed on to me and the rest of the family
Borrowed: vacuum cleaner fom my motherin law. ours died so we have hers until i get a new one
Blue: finger paintings that the kids did- was in blue paint.

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