I love Brian Andreas’ work and I have for a very long time. We have two Story People prints hanging in our bathroom and one in each of Grace and Whit’s rooms. I gave prints to each of my bridesmaids at our rehearsal dinner. It’s impossible for me to read Brian’s pieces without my eyes filling with tears. He touches something inside of me so primal, so essential, so true that I don’t even have words for it.
Brian’s writing is particularly on my mind these days. I’m grateful that Shawn Fink reminded me of a post I’d written in 202 about what holiday cards mean to me and about how important I think the words we share can be. This seems the opportune moment to share that for our 2014 holiday card, our family used a line of Brian Andreas’:
Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like real life.
Grace and Whit hand-wrote some of their favorite moments from 2014, which I included on the card, along a family photo and one of each of the alone (see at the bottom of this post).
Brian is an artist and a poet and if you don’t know his work, I encourage you to find out more about him. I simply want to share some of my favorites today. One of his poems, more than any other sentence in the English language, I think, captures what it is for me to live on this earth. Given that I live my life swimming in sentences, I think that’s really saying something.
“She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful & life was so short.”
And there are so many others that I love. A sampling:
I will always remember the way she’d laugh & clap her hands watching us play & then later, before bed, she’d gather us in her arms & whisper, Have you ever seen a world so perfect? (the kind of mother I want to be)
Someday, the light will shine like a sun through my skin & they will say, What have you done with your life? & though there are many moments I think I will remember, in the end, I will be proud to say, I was one of us.
Sitting there in your pajamas & all the time in the world & if I could keep any moment it would be this: watching you & holding my breath with the wonder of it all.
Are you a princess? I said & she said I’m much more than a princess, but you don’t have a name for it yet here on earth. (on Grace’s wall)
Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up every morning & loving the world all over again. That’s what takes a real hero.
Additionally, I really adored working with Dawn Lindley of Lindley Creative on this year’s cards. I highly recommend her work!
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