"MOTHER'S NATURE"---To come up with the title and story to this piece took a lot of reflection and digging deep into some painful areas of the soul because the pain of losing someone you love is still so fresh.
What is the nature of a mother? Why do we refer to the beautiful things we see in nature as Mother Nature? Every time I go outside I see the beauty that is Mother Nature in all of creation. And I have seen and experienced the beauty of a mother's nature first hand from my own mother and then through my wife. The qualities & characteristics of a mother's nature are quite long. Some of the qualities that come to mind are: nurturing, tender, gentle, patient, sacrifices, self-less, giving, protector, teacher, loving, caring, healer, prayerful, silent, wisdom, merciful, joy-filled, forgiving, peace, stern, mindful, heroic, pain, loss, heartache, grief, despair, anger, sadness, and the list goes on. The words at the end of this list you might be asking, "How are these characteristics of a mother's nature?" Well its simple without grief how can a mother be comforting, without heartache how can a mother be loving, without sadness how can a mother be caring, without pain how can a mother be gentle? It goes on from there.
A mother's nature is Mother Nature. What we see and experience all around us every day from the sun, the wind, the rain, the flowers, the birds, the animals, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, mountains, clouds, hills and valleys are all present and alive in the nature of a mother. The feeling we get from hearing a bird singing is the same feeling we get when a mother tells us they love us. The feeling we get when the sun warms our face is the same feeling we get when a mother listens to our worries. The feeling we get when we have a picnic under the shade of a large tree is the same feeling we get when a mother tells us everything will be alright. The feeling we get when we look at the stars is the same feeling we get when a mother makes us our favorite meal. It goes on from there.
In this piece the woman's eyes are closed signifying prayer, her head is bowed in respect & honor, slight smile signifying things will be okay. Her hair is blowing in the wind representing change. In nature things are changing all around us. The woman's braids signify and are representative of the of the roots of the trees in this piece. Tree roots grow and spread into the ground serving a dual purpose. Tree roots not only stabilize and hold the tree in place they also provide nutrients to the tree to keep it alive.
The woman is holding her child securely, gently and in front of her. The face of the child is peaceful and serene. The floral patterns seen on the mother's mantle and the child's blanket represent the love a mother has for her children and a mother wraps all her children in that love. The dragonflies represent all the qualities of womanhood.
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