111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression
Day 88: Un-Bridled Emotion (Part 4)
Shari’s mind went blank as she stared into the eyes in which she once found warmth. She’d spent the past few months rebuilding her life as a single woman, a woman who Malcolm so easily tossed aside. She’d finally started to trust her instincts when it came to the opposite gender and even re-entered the dating pool.
“Hi, bud,” Malcolm replied to the young boy who clung to his waist. He picked him up and squeezed him tight in response to Jack’s impassioned hug.
Seeing the connection between the two, she thought back to the evening he proposed. The two of them sitting on the resort’s patio, staring out at the Pacific Ocean.
“I want three kids. Two boys and one girl. The girl would be the spitting image of my gorgeous wife and the boys would resemble me, of course.”
“You sure about that?”
She shook away the memory which stung with frustration. They’d had such an easy report, and she thought he’d understood her better than anyone – even her family. To be so wrong, well, it threw her self-confidence for quite a loop.
“When are you coming back, Uncle Malcolm? You promised you’d help me build my train set.”
She glared at him. It’s one thing to break a promise to a grown woman, one he claimed to love, but to a child? How dare he? She seethed with anger and didn’t try to disguise it.
“It’s getting later, Jack. Time for us to go.”
Her ex-fiancé lowered the boy to the ground and pat him on the head. “Now remember, bud, Santa’s elves are still taking notes. Keep being a good boy!”
“I hope you take your own advice,” she retorted and glared at him. She took her nephew’s hand in hers and moved ahead before her nerves started to show.
**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 23 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**