Oh, It Is Just... Part 2

Christine Alfery

Posted on April 26 2022

Oh, It Is Just... Part 2

Featured image: Painted Bunting II

Returning to my favorite topic, the middle is not grey, and using birds as an analogy, especially my witnessing a male painted bunting and my love for sparrows. The differences between the two, is one less unique or less one-of-a-kind than the other? My answer would be, “No.” Both are unique and one-of-a-kind. Both are different. Both get along in the middle. They are never, just a sparrow, or just a painted bunting. I think that when we often see things, the same things like a bunch of migrating sparrows, they become common and a ‘Just.” But actually, that might be the problem. Nothing should become so familiar that it becomes a “just.” The word, “just,” seems to take away their uniqueness, one-of-a-kindness and their originality. I hope I remember this story when I am talking about how the middle is never gray because it fits. Perhaps, we don’t know where to look when we are looking for the treasures that are hidden in things anymore. I absolutely know that we frequently miss the treasures that can be found in original art and in the artist who has created the work. I say that because so many buy wall décor now, to match things instead of original art.

One of my favorite sayings when we go out to dinner and the meal is a whole evening event, is that the meal is “dining.” So many don’t want to take the time to dine and savor the beauty of the meal and the companionship. They would rather have a McDonald’s happy meal with a toy inside that is devoured quickly with no thought given to the taste of the food and the environment in which it is eaten in. Nothing should be a “just," not even a McDonald's meal.

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