Posted by: Kelly Deeny | December 22, 2014

Day 71 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge

111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression

Day 71: Un-Bridled Emotion (Part 3)

The Creativity Prompt on Day 68 was as follows:

Winter Lights

Winter Lights

Create a piece of art (writing, sculpting, painting, music composition, etc.), using the image above as inspiration.

 

(The original piece of fiction below is a continuation of the story written on Day 38 and Day 63 of the pledge.)

Six months later and the pangs of remembrance sprout up at the most inconvenient of times. Like now, when she should be focused on the beauty around her but instead all she can think of was strolling this neighborhood with him just last year.

They’d talked about their summer wedding and joked about whether his 5-year-old niece would make it down the long aisle without getting distracted. She missed seeing his family, because in the four years they knew one another, his family became hers. She adored his nieces and nephews as much as her own and looked forward to the craziness that their first Christmas as husband and wife would bring.

“Aunt Shari, can I get a hot chocolate?”

She smiled at her sister’s youngest child and replied with a wink, “Yes, but don’t tell your mother.” The simplest of moments can take your breath away or knock the wind right out of you. Holding that little boy’s hand as he pulled her towards the makeshift concession stand in the neighbor’s driveway, she felt immense love once again.

Lost in her memories, she looked ahead only to run smack into a passer-by. The bag of popcorn flew from his hand and snowed down on her tan-colored, waist length coat. As she shook off the buttery treat, it was the cologne that invaded her senses.

Thankful for the dimly-lit sidewalk, she attempted to hide her emotion when her nephew exclaimed, “Uncle Malcolm!”

**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 40 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**

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