ON NOT TAKING ANYTHING FOR GRANTED
Palette Article, Spring, 2020
By Bill Major
I write this article social distancing in our own home. In a few short days, the Corona Virus has dramatically changed all of our lives. Our Art Centre and Gallery has been closed for a few days now. None of us knows what the days and weeks ahead may bring. Yesterday, I discovered a wonderful reflective piece of writing by a woman called Laura Kelly Fanucci. I would like to share her words as a hope we all could express:
“When this is over may we never again take for granted a handshake with a stranger, full shelves at the store, conversations with neighbours, a crowded theatre, Friday night out, the taste of Communion, a routine checkup, the school rush in the morning, coffee with a friend, the stadium roaring, each deep breath, a boring Tuesday, Life itself. When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be, and may we stay that way-better for each other because of the worst.”
None of us knows what the coming weeks will bring. Spring will come, but like the weather, we are not sure just when. At the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery our staff and board members are doing our best to stay healthy and to be creative in how we use our time and shape our lives in this special period. True art, after all, is creating what we can with what we have and who are so that beauty emerges, sometimes, in the most challenging parts of our lives. May this be a creative and healthy time as we journey together in our homes and community to weather this storm and await a new beginning when it is over! May we often give thanks to all in our lives who are working so much to keep us all healthy in our time of pandemic!