I was trying to print something out from the computer. I hadn’t been in France that long. Everything was new. Even things I didn’t know would be new. I printed the picture again and again. Off center. Checked my computer. It was centered. Printed again. Nope. Not good. What was happening? I examined the printer. The computer. Then the paper. What was wrong with it? I stared at the paper. Wait. Something was different. I took out a ruler. This was not 8 1/2 x 11. No. Just a tiny bit different. A little longer. A little less wide. The paper was different. I had no idea. I would have to make a new file. A new life. See things differently.
I’m currently working on some new prints for my line. I brought back a few samples from my publisher in the US. I wanted to frame them. I forgot. Just as with the paper – the standard sizes for all the frames are just a little different too. Frustrated, I told my husband, “Look, nothing fits…” So simply, so easily, he said, “We have to make it.” No matter how you say that, interpret that – he’s right. We do have to make it. My heart smiled. My hands began to work. Joyfully.
One of the prints is entitled Oxford. In it, I’m trying to find the meaning for words that we need, now more than ever — And someday, maybe we will all understand words like love, and trust, and forgiveness…acceptance, equality, freedom, joy, and hope. Today’s world is so very frightening. It is changing every day. But we have to make it. If we don’t have the meaning now, for words like love, words like peace, we have to make it. We have to make it. And we can, with hearts and hands at work – joyfully – even when nothing seems to fit – we can, we will, we must – make it!