TITLE: The Artist
By Cheryl saddlemire
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Lynn tries to keep on top of everything besides going to work. She tries to set aside some time to draw by the lake. She draws pictures of the lake, swans, and the landscape in which she sees over the lake. Drawing helps her to relieve the stress. She also draws grass, trees, and the sky. She usually finds a quiet spot by the waterfront.
Other times she will sit on a rock while tourists walk past her. Sometimes Lynn will find a quiet place to cry. Once in a while when she is finished with her housework, she will sit in the dining room, and do some watercolour paintings on a canvas. Her children are pleased with what she could do.
Sometimes she attended a bible study group once a week except during the summer months. Sometimes she cries out to God, and wishes that her husband appreciated her more. Every once so often he told her,
"You're not a good wife. I want a proper wife."
"What is a proper wife?" she asked him.
Then he would say,
"It's certainly not you. Those dishes aren't done, and there is a pile of laundry to wash. Get to it!"
Almost everyday, Lynn's teenage son, Kurt kept a pile of clothing on the floor. She grunted as she picked up the clothing. It was like going through labour pains that won't seem to stop.
The floors are tracked with dirt from her husband's running shoes. Whenever she went to bed at night, sometimes she would open the bible, and read it.
She often read the part about husbands and wives. It didn't say in the bible that husbands shouldn't treat their wives like slaves. Lynn felt like a slave.
Before her husband went to work, he demanded,
"Can I have my coffee and my grapefruit?"
Lynn gave him what he requested, and then he went to work. Afterwards, Lynn did some shopping, and once again, she drew some pictures by the lake. She felt a sense of relief.
Sometimes when Lynn was busy, she only 2 cups of coffee in the morning, but she hardly took the time to eat anything. When it comes to serving meals, she always put her family first ahead of herself.
A lady slowly walked past her, and said,
"Oh you're an artist. Look at that."
She looked closely at the lake in which she drew.
Lynn drew the houses, and the hills that were visible far across the lake.
Lynn was happy that God gave her a gift to draw.
Lynn didn't too well in school in acedemics. She felt that her husband should enjoy her for what she is, and what she does.
Her husband has a degree. Maybe that's something she may never get without God's help. She always thought that she had a gift for drawing. She kept asking herself as to whether she needs a degree to prove it to herself that she has that gift.
Her husband often put her down by saying,
"I have a degree, and you don't"
The truth was that she didn't, but she didn't believe that she had what it took to earn it.
When Lynn was in elementry school, she had a learning difficulty. She had to concentrate more slowly on her assignments. As a result of that, she had difficuly keeping up with the other students in class. Her teachers were concerned with Lynn, so Lynn's parents had to meet with a school physicologist.
When Lynn went to high school, she had some difficutly in school, but she had some tutoring from a few of the students from the same high school she attened. Lynn took art all through high school, and her teachers were pleased with her.
When Lynn went to college, she had some tutoring at the adult literacy centre, and she did well.
Late in the afternoon, when Lynn came home,her husband asked,
"What did you do today?"
Lynn showed him her paintings, and then she said,
"I took the time to do something in which mattered the most to me."
"The husband pleased, and then he apologized for the way he spoke harshly to her. Afterwards he said,
"I am lucky to be married to an artist."
Their daughter was interested in drawing, too. lynn was also able to take the time to take to take care of herself.
She was able to eat without feeling so rushed to do chores, spend time with her children, and work on her art. Lynn also wrote a children's book, and drew the illustrations.
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