Amazing Christmas Kindness
by, 11-25-2012 at 10:13 PM (1624 Views)
The most beautiful kindness was shown to me yesterday. I've been painting on glass for 23 years now and I have never experienced the likes of yesterday.
This time of year is exhausting in every way.I have days that end with my laying across my husbands chest sobbing my heart out.Just because I'm spent and need the release. Once my physical energy is sapped, my body starts stealing from my emotional energy. Setteling for whatever it can get. I come in from 12-18 hr days just rung out. I painted 55 windows yesterday and didn't use the same design twice. Not to sound like the crazy artist... But, with every picture that forms in my mind and exits through my hands, it takes some of my energy with it. And when I leave it on the glass? I've left a part of me. Weird. But true. By the time I get home I am trashed. I operate from habit. Knowing somewhere in this mushed up, overworked, tired, burnt out, mess I'm useing for a brain, that it will end all to soon and it's a years wait for it to come again. I started tuesday and my lowest day was 165.00. Yesterday was 435.00. I'll have a day or so that I hit 1,000. Thats why I do it. Thats what drives me to push through and keep going. The money. I'm so burnt out. But somehow the ideas keep coming. Thank you Lord.
Well, yesterday I decided to hit this little Mom and Pops restaurant that was on my way to another job. Just a little bitty restaurant in a little bitty town. Nothing special. That's what I thought anyways. It was my forth job of the day. I didn't even have to sell her. She had seen my work in a town 20 miles over and was excited I showed up. I hooked her two good sized windows up. Merry Christmas big and colorfull in one and pine limbs with red birds in the other. I could hear the people inside. It's funny how they think you cann't. They kinda take to it as if they were watching T.V. I see them and often the world behind me. Glass reflects. I knew they were happy.
The owner loved it so I went in to collect my pay. This is the part I will never forget. The customers started making their way to me and began tipping me. 5's and 10's. They told me it was worth it to watch. And for the first time in 23 years it wasn't about the money. I felt the energy I spent being restored with each kind word spoken to me. We never stop growing up do we? Those people growed me up a little bit more. I will never forget them or their kindness.