I am not a fan of Marc Chagall’s paintings. I am, however, a fan of two quotes attributed to the man. The first is a beautiful comment on color, which appeals to my love of Nature, who can sing this tune to perfection:
All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.
Who would deny how well these analogous colors – pink, violet, and blue – get along in this geranium blossom?
Friends . . .
And just look at this daylily ‘Woodside Romance.’ Its metallic blue anthers are bursting with golden-yellow pollen grains. All the way across the color wheel, these hues each make the other even more vibrant.
and Lovers . . .
The second Chagall quote struck me very personally:
I was scared of growing up.
Me, too, Mr. Chagall.
I was so scared of growing up that I wondered whether I would ever do it.
I’ve been eligible to vote since 1972.
I became a mother in 1990.
I lost my only child in 2010.
I have been married for almost 30 years.
I am an adult; I am responsible and capable, but that does not mean I am grown up, at least according to my definition of grown-up:
Grown-ups do not eat raw cookie dough.
Grown-ups do not need their mommas
Grown-ups do not dissolve into tears when a pet dies.
Grown-ups do not want ice cream for dinner.
Grown-ups do not wear their good clothes to play in the yard.
Mr. Chagall, I have decided that I am not scared of growing up; I am just not going to do it.
Mom says I don’t have to, if I don’t want.