pieces of us
January 12, 2013 § 2 Comments
Settling a home happens in stages. As floors and walls have come together to create a canvas for our story, my husband and I have begun carving out corners of our home for memories. In tidy mismatched frames spread across walls of our home, images and art anchor the chaos of daily life. The space between frames is uneven like the days between images. Past and present mingling with words and art. On the wall of our family room is my favorite piece of our home, a little corner of Us in the room we work, play, and rest.
Placed solidly in the middle of this wall rests the word art my son felt represented friendship, whimsical pairings that imply belonging. A painting my daughter made on a day when she was fighting restlessness lends a burst of color amid colorless images, the contrast inviting energy to stillness. Snapshots of our puppy now absent from our home; photos taken on the day we met gifting us the memory of falling in love to fill the space of a sad goodbye. Candid moments alongside professional photographs, a study in smiles. My husband and I facing one another with years between each gaze, our children in acts of adventure joined in moments of friendship, family time, and individual representations of self.
The space is finished but incomplete for moments yet to occur; our younger selves watching with amusement as we grow into our future together.