Friday, July 2, 2010

Southern Gothic


Anyone else out there dealing with elderly parents who refuse to take care of themselves? I'm tired and and angry these days. And as one friend said, with children, they grow up.

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Slightly later: and now, I'm going to listen to Madredeus - Good for stress.

14 comments:

kathrin said...

have a nice weekend my dear !!! big hugh Kathrin

aleph said...

I´ve enlarged the picture and to my delight can´t stop looking at it and finding more and more details, the creeper coming out or in from the mirrow to the window fascinates me. I´d say surreal-ly freeing.
Children grow up as/and we grow old too... those kind of counterparts make one´s anger, sometimes.

Charles Gramlich said...

During my mom's recent illness it was my brother, who lives closest to her, who got most of the brunt of dealing with issues. I know he found it frustrating at times.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

It is hard, there's no way around it.
But you can't force them to take care of themselves. No matter how hard you may try.
Thinking of you!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Great picture.Loving the plant reflection escaping the mirror to the real word through the window.Or is it vice versa, escaping through the loking glass? I prefer the former so that's how I will see it.
Was it originally a postcard? Boy it needed messin with!I likes muchly.

Good luck with the anger and tiredness, I hope succour is round the corner.

ArtSparker said...

Thanks, guys. I rarely post personal stuff but was clearly lloking for sympathy and/or advice today. It helps!

TFE- It was something about the empty space that seemed to require haunting.

tabs4959 said...

It happens to ever parent and child at some point in time. Hang in there, we are with you in spirit!

Fresca said...

Ohgodyes. Well, not now, but I used to. I feel your pain.

Currently a good friend is watching her dad, who is recovering from throat cancer and living on a pittance, spend his money on cigarettes rather than food.

I sit with her while she screams.

ArtSparker said...

Fresca-

There are folks who are worse off than me - I have great support from my brother and sister. There's a commonality, though...when cognition goes, there is a sort of loyalty to addiction that takes over, the passions remain in degraded form.

I was just reminded of Howard Finster on another blog (he's featured in the R.E.M. video Radio Free Europe), a wonderful example of what staying engaged with creative passion can give you all your life.

femminismo said...

Our parents' faces are maps of places we've never been ... but someday are going. I hope things get easier.

steve said...

Damn, sorry to see that. Sounds pretty frustrating. I love this work though. Best of luck to you Susan!

Fresca said...

SUSAN: Yes, if we're going to be addicted to something (seems to be a common feature of being human) let us cultivate an addiction to art!
Then when our minds go, we'll be, like, "Must scribble, must cut up paper..." : )

Titus said...

I'm agog at this. Superb.

rosedale's 4head said...

my mother, RIGHT NOW TODAY, is NON-COMPLIANT!!! it drives me crazy. we called an ambu on the 4th because she was short of breath, migrane, and dizzy = HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE will do that when you refuse to take your medication or even go for a check - URG!!! i feel you on this one!! 101%