Wasn't the Apocalypse Beautiful Last Night!

ria gilham

Joined October 2009

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oil paint, marker pens, & pencils in my sketchbook of secrets, A4 size. About 4 or 6 hours work, i guess!

I’ve been watching a National Geographic TV series about Doomsday Preppers: people who are preparing for whatever cataclysmic event they think is most likely to happen to end society as we know it. I think it’s just part of the way our human brains are made, to think doomsday will come eventually! We’ve been waiting for it since the Mayans predicted it in their calendars, or even before perhaps!

But for someone like me, who came home from school one day to find nothing but charcoal left & everything i owned was in my school bag, a program like that tends to flip a switch. I’m always on the lookout for danger, & I’m ready to pack up & go at the slightest whiff of smoke, but this last week I abandoned my art for a while. I spent the time setting up bags of essentials for the kids & I if we have to go quickly, & sorted the house out (or at least got the ball rolling) so we can live for a few months without services if we need to. After all, “apocalypses” happen all the time to one group of people or another: just ask the residents along the coast of Japan or the good folks of New Orleans! Or Pakistan, or Aceh, or Cambodia, or various African countries, or Chernobyl, etc etc..

And now it’s time to settle back into my art, before the kids have me sent to hospital! The preparing will continue just quietly though: not for a total armageddon size thing, but for a more likely red cross size thing. The more prepared people are, the less trouble we’ll make for each other when we need each other the most!

And we can appreciate the beauty of a nice apocalypse! It wasn’t all bad: I learned a big lesson about what’s more important in life than amassing lots of expensive stuff..

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