Day 133: Something Beautiful—A Mother’s Place of One’s Own

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

In anticipation of Mother’s Day, I thought of my Mother and how after a busy Saturday of baking, cleaning, and scrubbing kids—her sense of beauty was a bath. A bath in a clawfoot bathtub with doors closed to noisy, demanding children. A half hour alone. And, so, I sought out images of clawfoot tubs—but they weren’t pretty in and of themselves. And, so, I sought out images of cottages that have such tubs and big overstuffed club chairs upholstered in chintz or chambray with large matching ottomans. And then I came across “Summer” by Harry Epworth Allen and I left the rest behind.

Harry Epworth Allen’s work is described as surreal. But is it? Maybe instead, a heightened sense of design, an acute sensitivity to palette, a distinct sense of form and texture. I offer “Summer” as a beautiful imagined place—a place of one’s own for those mothers who need a break—from children, from responsibility, from life.

I send best wishes and appreciation to those mothers who struggle to be the perfect parent, the protecting guardian, the mentor, the font of unconditional love. Being a mother is a very difficult job and one for which most of us have little true training. Thank you to those friends and loved ones who have been models for me and for all other mothers—and to my own Mother who has always worked hard to be a good Mom. I wish you all appreciation, resilience, and, of course, beauty.

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About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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7 Responses to Day 133: Something Beautiful—A Mother’s Place of One’s Own

  1. artscottnet says:

    You always know the perfect things to say. The art is amazing, and your attention to Mother’s everywhere is beautiful. Best wishes to you on this special day 🙂 I always look forward to your next post – I wanted to say so rather than just clicking like.

    • vbassoc says:

      Thank you so much for the kind and encouraging words. For me, this is a daily meditation. I had no idea it would resonate with so many people–but, how perfect to have been offered validation. Thanks for your comment, for the good wishes, and for taking the time to share them. Donna

  2. Bea Neal says:

    Yup, my kind of artist. Happy Mother’s Day to you too. 🙂

  3. Chas Spain says:

    I love these beautiful – almost naive images of the countryside. Yet often when you travel through the countryside you do see this wonderfully cultivated order and respect for working on the land such that the regularity of planting and harvesting does come close to an art form in its own right. On the train last week it struck me that perhaps the agriculturalists have quite a bit to offer to the urban folk who often operate without referring to or respecting their environment at all.

    • vbassoc says:

      You are so right. True farmers have a love of and respect for their land. Two days before my Dad died, when he knew his cancer had come back, he toured his fields with a good friend. I had always known he was a good farmer and a considerate steward of the land–it wasn’t until that last act that I understood how much he loved it. Donna

      • Chas Spain says:

        I’m sure you must have lovely memories of your Dad. My Dad just came with me on this last journey, which was very special, but he was happy to be telling me today about being back in the garden today. There’s something special about that real connection to the land which we can lose too easily in the city.

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