Friday, August 18, 2006

Are you Barefoot and Pregnant?

Friday’s are like no other day of the week. That’s where the acronym TGIF comes from “Thank Goodness It’s Friday.” We here at relish Casual Friday, and participate in it almost everyday of the week, because we can.

That’s why we are going to do something a little different on Fridays that is if we post a blog at all. I’d like to share with you a tidbit, or piece of wisdom that I’ve garnered through the week. Perhaps it’s not even related to art except for the fact that there is always the “Art of Living.” It’s kind of like the crossword puzzle in the New York Times, where they start out on Monday and make the puzzles a little harder each day until Sunday, when it is the most difficult of all. Only our blogging is in reverse. We start out really serious on Monday’s hammering away at the business of sharing wonderful art with consumers, until Friday comes, and we just want to lay back and let the coon dogs bay. (Yes, we really still have coon dogs in Cleburne County, and those of us who want to walk around barefoot and pregnant do so with pride. Okay, I know these are very arcane references to Arkansas culture, but it’s so easy to look them up on the internet.) Speaking of Cleburne County, you really must acquaint yourself with Disfarmer if you want to be amongst those in the know.

Okay….this is a little deep, and I’ve already quoted Ann Patchett this week, but it is something so wonderful to contemplate over the weekend. Roxanne Coss, opera diva extraordinaire, has just been the recipient of a confession of love by a Russian diplomat. She is discussing it with her translator. “If someone loves you for what you can do, then it’s flattering, but why do you love them? If someone loves you for who you are then they have to know you, which means you have to know them.”

How many people love you because of who you are, and how many love you because of what you can do for them? Flip that thought over and twirl it all around. --Ruth Mitchell

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