Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The American Dream,

Son Todd and Bob the Dog

plays out
 in my mind like this. 

Wife, kids, grand kids, house with a fire place and picket fence.
  A faithful black lab dog,
 a shop stocked with beautiful wood,
 tools and machinery.

If you have ever been in a well planned out cabinet shop
where everything is flowing,
the feeling you get from that experience
 is as satisfying as visiting
 the seven wonders on the world.

The first time I
 felt that was a
long time ago in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  We walked down a narrow street on the outskirts of the city.  We ran into a small building oozing with character,
 stepped into a show room filled with hand crafted furniture and some of the most beautiful hand carved doors I had ever seen.  At the other end of the room, there was a large glass window about 4 feet high and 10 feet long, which you  could walk over to and see this old master craftsman working at the bench.  You could see wood shavings all over.  It was a small space, but in the back ground large enough to contain the tools and machinery and wood.  I could see two younger men working in the background and getting the lumber ready for its final calling.  It was almost like the wood seemed proud to be a part of this process,
 where the master could take them and make the most out of what they had to give.

I don't know how to describe that sensation you get when you know you want that experience, other than to say that you feel it to the depths of your soul. 
Passion-intense emotion-the object of admiration.

Everytime I see someone making something, whether it be an artist, musician, or someone who creates, or hear a great speaker, or read a great passage in a book, or see something beautiful, that intense emotion shows up.

Heaven, Happiness, Joy, Satisfaction, Peace.
I don't know which one to call it,but it is one of the greatest
 of all blessings on this Earth that I am extremely thankful for.

The Last Supper -Ben Mcpherson


becgarcia said...

I love everything about your blog, Jimmy. Keep these awesome posts coming! (This picture is how I still think of Todd.)

Rebecca said...

You should see what Kim has created since visiting Santa Fe. You two need to spend some time together again!